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Job satisfaction and its impact on teacher retention in the independent school


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The purpose of this study was to examine teacher job satisfaction and its impact on teacher retention in the independent school. This case study was completed at a National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) member school and utilized the NAIS Independent School Satisfaction Survey (2007). Survey data were collected from 44.8% of the teacher population to fulfill Part I of the study. Data from the survey instrument incorporated the use of the Likert Scale and open-ended questions. Additionally, 25.2% of the full time faculty members participated in focus groups which were designated as Part II of the study. Critical factors such as work environment, leadership, work and life balance, compensation and benefits, and mentoring new teachers were explored in an effort to assess their impact on teacher retention.

Results from these two methods of data collection indicated that while teachers highly valued small class sizes, autonomy in the classroom, designing and implementing the curriculum, and the joy derived from close relationships with the students, there was a large faction of teacher participants who were disappointed in the environmental factors of their jobs. Data show that almost half of the participants who participated in this study anticipate retiring, changing jobs or migrating to other institutions within the next five years. Results from this study suggested that each independent school challenge the internal perceptions of their own cultural environment in an effort to retain their most valued teachers.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational leadership;
School administration;
Organizational behavior;
Job satisfaction;
Teacher retention;
Work environment
Company / organization
Classification
0449: Educational leadership
0514: School administration
0703: Organizational behavior
Identifier / keyword
Education; Social sciences; Independent school; Job satisfaction; Leadership; Organizational dynamics; Private school; Teacher retention
Title
Job satisfaction and its impact on teacher retention in the independent school
Author
Sands, Elizabeth Keating
Number of pages
164
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
1237
Source
DAI-A 72/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124513485
Advisor
Moran, Christine
University/institution
Immaculata College
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3446510
ProQuest document ID
856893854
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/856893854
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