Date of Award

12-1-2009

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Education

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Noran Moffett

Second Advisor

Dr. Moses Norman

Third Advisor

Dr. Ganga Persaud

Abstract

This study examined teacher perceptions of the factors which influence teacher attrition in a Metropolitan Atlanta school system. The nine factors examined in the study were : principal behavior, school climate, teacher responsibilities, teacher preparation, gender, salary, years teaching, discipline referrals, and relationships with colleagues. The study was based on the premise that teacher perceptions would provide a comprehensive understanding of how the factors attribute to teachers’ decisions to leave or move within the school system. A mixed method (quantitative and qualitative) design was utilized to explore the perceptions of teachers on the nine factors. The participants provided information that which the researcher was able to gain an in-depth understanding of how the factors influence teacher attrition. The researcher analyzed the perceptions shared by the participants and identified the emergent themes. The researcher used the findings of the study to identify implications and recommendations for policy, leadership practice and future research. The findings from this study will provide beneficial data for the Metropolitan Atlanta school system being studied to guide the development of strategies in the effort to decrease the high attrition rate.

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