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Teacher Attrition: A Study of Teacher Attrition and Support in a County in West Virginia

Decker, JoDee (2019) Teacher Attrition: A Study of Teacher Attrition and Support in a County in West Virginia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to identify teacher attrition trends, the rationale for the attrition trends and evaluate the induction program in a school district in West Virginia. The goal of the study was to identify effective strategies to strengthen teacher support in the school district based on identified weaknesses from teachers within the district.
The research questions identified how the attrition problem manifested within the district, reasons teachers left schools, and how the teacher induction and support systems aligned with the identified reasons for movement. Methods of data collection included quantitative data review of personnel records, semi-structured interviews of teachers who had worked in more than one building within the district, and an evaluation of the teacher induction program in the district. The interviews were recorded and analyzed to identify themes, which were shared with the evaluation group. The evaluation group analyzed the data and identified areas of strengths and weaknesses of the current support programs. The evaluation group made recommendations for change in the teacher support programs.
Key findings of the study indicate that teachers need more support at their school level in terms of a school-based mentor and school-level administrator support. Another finding indicated that support needs to last longer than the first year of teaching within the district.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Decker, JoDeejodeedecker4@gmail.comjkd31
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorKirk, Diane
Russell, Jennifer
Hage, Donna
Date: 30 July 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 25 March 2019
Approval Date: 30 July 2019
Submission Date: 10 July 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 113
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
School of Education > Instruction and Learning
School of Education > Learning Sciences and Policy
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher attrition West Virginia induction teacher support
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2019 14:31
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2019 14:31


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