The effect of personal and situational factors in the attrition and retention of Texas music educators.

Janice Killian, Vicki D Baker

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the issues relating to the attrition and retention of music teachers. In the spring of 2003, a questionnaire was e-mailed to 852 music educators who entered the profession in Texas between March, 1999 and March, 2003. Results indicated that of the 223 respondents, 44 (20%) had already left or intended to leave the teaching profession. Areas of questioning included personal characteristics, educational experience, teaching venue, mentoring, and professional organizations. Analysis of the data revealed that significantly more women than men intended to leave the profession. No significant difference between Leavers and Stayers was indicated in any of the other categories. Specific reasons for leaving the profession include significantly more comments about administrative lack of support and dissatisfaction with student behavior. Clinics and workshops were cited as the most beneficial aspects of professional memberships. Areas of furth
Original languageEnglish
PublisherJournal of Music Teacher Education
Volume16
StatePublished - 2006

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