Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A phenomenological study of teacher attrition in urban schools: The role of teacher preparation programs
by Sydnor-Walton, Zona, Ed.D.Ed.Lead., University of Phoenix, 2013, 149; 3583298
Abstract (Summary)

Nationwide, teacher attrition is a steady and costly phenomenon. Teachers have left the field of education or have left urban schools for better teaching assignments. Although many studies delineated some factors for teacher attrition, namely urban teacher attrition, little has been done to reverse the cycle of teachers leaving prior to realizing their full potential as an educator. A gap in knowledge exists because researchers have not addressed if administrators of teacher preparation programs have included sufficient experiences and supports in the program to prepare teachers for the urban classroom. The implications for urban teacher attrition are far reaching. Urban attrition can force urban students to have an unsteady influx of beginning teachers with limited experience and skills who leave the schools after a few years. To assist with closing the achievement gap and making sure urban students are ready for the competitive job market, urban students need teachers with increased experience and skills. Teachers enter the teaching profession academically prepared but unprepared for the challenges and demands of the urban classroom. The findings from this phenomenological study produced five themes and one subtheme that teachers believe are important preparation experiences to for urban teacher preparation and reducing attrition. The themes were (a) comprehensive preparation, (b) subtheme support, (c) classroom management, (d) field experience, (e) necessary skills, and (f) multicultural preparation. The recommendations invite future studies that can include input from educational leaders, policy makers, and stakeholders to take a proactive role in reducing urban teacher attrition.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Johnson, Ralph E.
Commitee:
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational sociology, Multicultural Education, Teacher education, Regional Studies
Keywords: Phenomenological study, Teacher attrition, Teacher preparation, Urban education, Urban teacher attrition, Urban teacher preparation
Publication Number: 3583298
ISBN: 978-1-321-13124-6
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