Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name



Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Philip A. Bradley


The purpose of this study was to analyze the perceptions of exiting teachers from a metropolitan school system on the importance of various satisfiers and dissatlsfiers as they relate to specific demographic variables and the teachers* professional or personal reasons for resigning. An examination of the perception of the school climate and the administrative support from the principal was also included.

The sample for this study consisted of 294 departing teachers from one metropolitan school system. All participants were full-time teachers from elementary and high schools that had resigned at the end of the 1990-91 school year. 151 teachers responded to the survey.

Results indicated no significant relationships were found between teacher satisflers and dissatisflers and age, sex, race, grade taught and years of experience. Teacher qualifications was found to be significantly related to the teachers1 rating of the importance of satisfters but was not found to be significant with teachers' rating of the importance of dissatisflers.

School climate was not found to be significantly related to departing teachers' personal or professional reasons for resigning. Administrative support, however, was found to be significant to the teachers' personal and professional reasons for resigning.

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