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A study of the factors predicting attrition and contributing to the attrition rate of high school teachers in Hampton Roads, Virginia
by Makovec, Mark George, Ed.D., The George Washington University, 2008, 184; 3291606
Abstract (Summary)

The quantitative study designed for this research was created to analyze six-targeted teacher attrition factors that are suspected as being key contributors to teacher attrition. This researcher, and Amy Cashwell, designed the Teacher Attrition Survey and surveyed teachers currently in the profession to analyze the contribution each factor (teacher preparation, organizational, accountability, monetary, personal, and facility/maintenance) has towards the likelihood of their decision to remain in or leave the teaching profession.

This researcher utilized multiple regression, t-tests, and a one-way ANOVA to analyze the data collected from the Teacher Attrition Survey to determine the contribution each targeted attrition factor has towards a teachers "intent" to leave the teaching profession. The survey was completed by 157 high school teachers from two large comprehensive school districts in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The multiple regression analysis determined the only factor that emerged as a significant predictor of attrition was the monetary factor ( F [1, 157] = 11.22, p < .001). The other five factors failed to show a statistically significant relationship. The t-test revealed a statistically significant difference in the "licensure status" demographic subcategory and the preparation factor subscale scores ( t = 2.68, p = .008). The only significant difference revealed by the one-way ANOVA between the responses of teachers with different levels of experience was evident in "facility factors" (F [3,147] = 3.58, p =.015).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howerton, Everett B., Jr.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 68/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration
Keywords: Attrition, Hampton Roads, High school, Teacher attrition, Virginia
Publication Number: 3291606
ISBN: 978-0-549-37472-5
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