This study investigated an understudied phenomenon in early childhood education (ECE): high teacher turnover. The turnover rate amongst preschool teachers ranges between 25% to 50% per year, which is almost four times greater than that of K-12 teachers (Wells, 2015; Whitebook & Sakai, 2003). With this in mind, this study sought to understand (a) the institutional factors and personal factors that influence this turnover as well as what current and former ECE teachers recommend as the solution for combatting the issue. Participants were former and current preschool teachers who once taught in Los Angeles County and neighboring cities. Fifteen recorded, semi-structured interviews were used as the source of data.
Data were analyzed through the lenses of three theories: (a) Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy, (b) Bolman and Deal’s four-frame model, and (c) Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Bandura’s theory helps to support the personal factors associated with ECE teacher turnover. Bolman and Deal’s four-frame model supports the institutional factors that contribute to ECE, and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs ties both the institutional and personal factors together. This study contributes to ECE by providing pertinent information to strengthen the workforce and retain high-quality teachers.
|Commitee:||Priede Schubert, Alejandra, Mosley, Keena R.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Early childhood education, Educational administration, Educational leadership, Labor relations, Educational sociology|
|Keywords:||Preschool teachers, Teacher attrition, Teacher turnover, Teacher retention , K-12 teachers|
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