This research study investigated why a hard-to-staff, at-risk, rural school district in Southeast South Carolina that serves high populations of children of poverty is having severe challenges recruiting quality teachers. It is a descriptive case study that used mixed methodology to ascertain why the district is having severe challenges recruiting quality teachers. The criteria used to select the school district for this research study were the high percentages of (a) rural minority students, (b) families living below the poverty line, (c) rural students eligible for subsidized meals, (d) teachers with emergency or provisional certificates, (e) teacher vacancies existing for more than nine weeks, (f) classes taught by unqualified teachers, (g) low student achievement on standardized tests, and (h) low graduation rates that were based on the district’s annual Education Accountability Act of 1998 report cards from 2003 to 2008. The qualitative data consisted of face-to-face interviews that were conducted with district and school level administrators to collect information to analyze the district’s current teacher recruitment process, and teacher recruitment and retention initiatives. Other qualitative data consisted of telephone interviews with one Director of Personnel from each of the three regions of South Carolina in addition to the district’s Director of Personnel to collect data to use in suggesting possible improvements in the district’s current teacher recruitment process, and teacher recruitment and retention initiatives. Quantitative data was gathered from teachers with less than three years of service within the district to (a) collect information on how they became aware of vacancies within the district, (b) identify factors that influenced them to accept employment in the district, (c) identify factors that influenced them to remain employed in the district, and (d) ascertain the most beneficial financial and nonfinancial incentives.
|Commitee:||Balch, David, Jenkins, Shirlan|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 70/08, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Elementary education, Teacher education, Secondary education|
|Keywords:||At risk, Hard-to-staff, Poverty, Recruitment and retention, Rural, Rural education, South Carolina, Teacher|
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