Title page for ETD etd-11152005-172907

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Giacometti, Karen S.
Author's Email Address kgiacome@vt.edu
URN etd-11152005-172907
Title Factors Affecting Job Satisfaction and Retention of Beginning Teachers
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Parks, David J. Committee Chair
Magliaro, Susan G. Committee Member
Parson, Stephen R. Committee Member
Twiford, Travis W. Committee Member
  • Recruitment
  • Supply
  • Novice Teacher
  • Shortage
  • Retention
Date of Defense 2005-11-08
Availability unrestricted
In this national study, a combination of factors that affect teacher satisfaction and retention were examined. Domains that discriminate between teachers who choose to stay or leave the teaching profession were investigated. A research-developed questionnaire was administered to 450 randomly selected first, second, and third year teachers. Survey items were related to domains affecting teacher satisfaction and retention. A demographic section was included to collect background information. A principal components analysis resulted in the emergence of domains that were used in the final analysis. They are: emotional factors; school and community support; instructional support; prepration in teaching curriculum, managing students, and assessing students; collaboration; compensation and benefits; motivation to teach; and culture shock.

Eleven percent of the respondents chose to leave the profession. Results of the discriminant analysis indicated that the best predictor in choosing to leave or stay in the teaching profession was emotional factors followed by compensation and benefits and culture shock. The analysis was used to determine if the individuals in the two groups were correctly classified based on their scores on the eight predictor variables. The number of cases correctly classified was 91.4 percent.

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