Title

"We Need to Be In the Classroom More": Veteran Teachers’ Views on Teacher Preparation and Retention

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Publication Title

The Professional Educator

Volume

43

Issue

1

First page number:

91

Last page number:

99

Abstract

Annual teacher attrition hovers around 8% and causes of teacher attrition have been studied widely. However, more needs to be known about specific aspects of teacher preparation that can foster retention. The goal of this study was to understand the perspectives of veteran teachers regarding retention. This investigation employed semi-structured interviews with teachers who graduated from a south western university and who have persisted in their teaching careers in a large, urban school district. Our analyses conveyed that rich field experiences and particular characteristics of mentor teachers can foster retention; however, these persisters also persevered through inauthentic teacher preparation experiences.

Keywords

Teacher retention; Teacher preparation programs

Disciplines

Education | Educational Psychology

Language

English


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