Capstone/Dissertation Title

Factors that influence teachers to leave the profession within the first five years of their teaching careers

Term

2009

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Abstract

The research question addressed by this study was, What factors influence teachers to leave the profession within the first five years of their teaching careers? This qualitative study includes comparisons of five former teachers' experiences revealed through interview responses. The study concludes that three primary external factors and three primary internal factors contribute to new teachers' decisions to leave careers in teaching. External factors include 1) student preparedness (in the form of student behavior and apathy), 2) lack of administrator and parent support, 3) job logistics, including time pressures and negative school environments. Internal factors include 1) low teacher self-efficacy, 2) physical and emotional stress, and 3) lack of perceived success.

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