Eight Questions

02 December 2005

The Education Commission of the States recently released a report entitled Eight Questions on Teacher Recruitment and Retention: What Does the Research Say? Here's a summary:
  • What are the characteristics of those who enter teaching? (white women who aren't the smartest ones out there)
  • How do those individuals who remain in teaching compare to those who leave? (they aren't pregnant/have small children)
  • What are the characteristics of schools and districts most likely to be successful in recruiting and retaining teachers? (large, white, middle class to affluent)
  • What impact do working conditions have on their ability to recruit and retain teachers? (not much evidence here)
  • What impact does compensation have on the recruitment and retention teachers? (a key role, but is influenced by other factors such as working conditions)
  • What impact do various strategies related to teacher preparation have on teacher recruitment and retention? (limited evidence that alternative routes to a certificate can be just as good as traditional programs)
  • What impact do induction and mentoring have on teacher retention? (little evidence here, too, that it makes a difference)
  • What is the efficacy of particular recruitment strategies and policies in bringing new teachers to the profession, including specifically targeted populations? (no information available)

If you have some time, I recommend a look at the whole report (twelve pages). Secondary questions, policy implications, and other information are contained with the paper. These are all good questions. Too bad there aren't more answers.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Carol said...

Thought-provoking... Sometimes I wonder why I stay in teaching - but I know the answer. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Angel, librarian and educator said...

Never ceases to amaze me how they can afford all sorts of studies to find out things that seem common sense or obvious. I mean, of course the districts with the better funding and conditions will attract and keep teachers. However, it does seem to put things in a nice package. Now, for anyone who may want to read more on teacher retention, I just finished reading Teachers Have it Easy. For some, it may really make you think why you still teach. For me, well, I was one of those who did some time and left for other things. Don't get me wrong, I loved teaching secondary school, but all the other obstacles, well, I saw no reason to put up with them.

I got here via the Carnival of Education. Best.

4:51 PM  

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