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Other

Description:

The author discusses the high teacher attrition rate that is particularly acute in the sciences, and that especially affects talented, high-quality teachers. He discusses institutional factors that contribute to such an alarming attrition rate, barriers to curbing attrition, and successful strategies for retention. To attract and retain high-quality teachers, the education system must address science teachers' sense of professional isolation, administrators' lack of receptivity to thoughtful teachers' ideas, egalitarian salary compensation schemes, and lack of professional recognition. An outstanding chemistry teacher-turned-pharmaceutical saleswoman is profiled as an example of wasted talent. Two Internet programs may reduce isolation.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

NSDL,Computer Networks,Secondary Education,Internet,Teacher Burnout,Teacher Attrition,Professional Isolation,Teacher Retention,Science Teachers,Teacher Preparation,Middle School,Faculty Mobility,Elementary School,Teacher Recruitment,Teaching (Occupation),Computing and Information,Education Practices,High School,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Vocational/Professional Development Education,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20090808195316520T,Education

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike

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