What Keeps Technology and Engineering Teachers in the Classroom? A National Mixed Methods Study
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education
Teacher retention is a significant issue impacting educational agencies around the country. Factors that have been found to be predictors of teacher retention include sense of belonging, sense of efficacy, and job satisfaction. Many personal and professional characteristics of a teacher also have been found to predict teacher retention. The purpose of this research was to explore how these factors predicted Technology and Engineering Educators' (TEE) teachers’ persistence to remain in the teaching profession. Furthermore, this research sought to identify programs that existed to help support TEE teachers in their persistence intentions.
This research found teacher job satisfaction was a significant predictor of TEE teachers’ persistence intentions, while teacher sense of efficacy and teacher sense of belonging were not. Additionally, this research found job satisfaction was predicted by teacher sense of belonging. This research also found that most in-house professional development offered to teachers to support persistence intentions was perceived as ineffective to TEE teachers, while professional development offered through professional associations and state agencies was perceived as being more beneficial.
Ortiz, Cory J., "What Keeps Technology and Engineering Teachers in the Classroom? A National Mixed Methods Study" (2022). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 8410.
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