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The Role of Divisional Principals in Teacher Retention in East African International Schools
by Winnard, Nigel J., Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2017, 129; 10618167
Abstract (Summary)

Recent years have seen large-scale growth in the international school sector, with schools reporting increasing competition to recruit and retain expatriate teachers, particularly in hardship locations. Using a gap analysis framework (Clark & Estes, 2008), this study seeks to identify the knowledge, motivational, and organizational factors necessary for principals to be successful in their efforts to retain expatriate teachers in international schools in the sub-Saharan region of East Africa. Assumed causes were generated from a review of the research literature in this area and validated with data collected through interviews with principals, teacher surveys and principal surveys. This study suggests that, although principals possess understanding of the knowledge and motivation factors that contribute to teacher retention, they lack understanding of the relative importance of these factors. Furthermore, though principals are motivated to invest time and effort in the retention of teachers, this study suggests that organizational policy gaps exist in how the principals approach teacher retention in a strategic manner. The study concludes with a range of proposed solutions and a detailed implementation plan designed to assist schools in addressing the challenges that they face in seeking to leverage the work of principals in retaining expatriate teachers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Filback, Robert
Commitee: Robison, Mark, Seli, Helena
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education(Policy, Planning and Administration)
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational administration
Keywords: International schools, K-12, Principals, Recruitment, Retention, Turnover
Publication Number: 10618167
ISBN: 978-0-355-19023-6
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