Title

Special Education Teacher Attrition: How Many AreLeaving? Where Are They Going?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Researcher

Volume

16

Issue

1

Publication Date

2001

First Page

28

Last Page

35

Abstract

A statewide survey was conducted to determine the number of special education teachers leaving positions in Utah between February 1, 1998 and January 31, 1999. Reasons for leaving were also identified in order to infer possible retention strategies. Findings indicated at 238 special education teachers (9.3%) left their jobs during the one-year period. It was estimated that approximately 9% of this number might have been retained with corrective action. Main reasons for the preventable attrition included transfers to general education and resignations for personal reasons. In-depth research is needed to identify more specific factors underlying special education teacher attrition.

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