Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teacher turnover among teachers of students with emotional and behavior disorders
by Adera, Beatrice Atieno, Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2007, 154; 3300986
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to investigate factors that compel teachers of students with emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD) to quit or stay in their job. Invitations to participate in the study were sent to a sample of educators from each the four census regions of the United States who currently work or have worked in the past worked with students with E/BD and have participated in one or more of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) professional development events.

A total of 156 educators responded to the online survey and 9 participated in the focus groups. Quantitative information generated from the survey was analyzed using frequency distributions and ANOVA, whereas, qualitative information were analyzed by summarizing and sorting information into different categories. The results were presented in narrative and tabular form and organized in response to each of the research questions.

The projected high teacher turnover as depicted in the findings, were mainly attributed to workplace variables and classroom conditions. Both variables are likely to be associated with high levels of dissatisfaction and lack of commitment eventually leading to decisions by teachers of students with E/BD to leave their job. Most respondents perceived themselves as being adequately prepared for responsibilities associated with teaching students with E/BD. The low variances associated with the grouping variable, career decisions did not explain a significant amount of variance in perceived levels of preparedness with regards to implementation of various program components and instructional activities. Hence, teacher qualifications and perceptions did not play a significant role in career decisions made by teachers of students with E/BD.

In addition, findings reveal the need for all future teachers regardless of their certification to take specialized courses in special education to ensure that all teachers understand the unique characteristics and needs of students with E/BD. Respondents recommended that all pre-service teachers would benefit from actual hands-on training through structured field experiences and practicum.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bullock, Lyndal M.
Commitee:
School: University of North Texas
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: School administration, Special education, Teacher education
Keywords: Attrition, Behavior disorders, Emotional disorders, Retention, Students with E/BD, Teacher preparation, Teacher quality, Teacher turnover
Publication Number: 3300986
ISBN: 978-0-549-45747-3
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