Exploring Characteristics of Public School Facilities and Resources and the Relationship with Teacher Retention

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Anita Dawn Brendle-Corum (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/
Advisor
Sara Zimmerman

Abstract: School districts are having problems staffing classrooms with teachers. The purpose of this study was to examine how the eight items within the public school Facilities and Resources domain of the 2008 North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions survey predict teachers’ stated intentions to return to the same assignment in North Carolina. The survey items were divided into three clusters: technology, facilities, and instructional materials. A discriminant function analysis was conducted to predict teachers’ stated intentions to return to the same assignment or to change positions. This study found that teachers want to work in a school environment that is safe and has sufficient access to appropriate instructional materials and resources to teach effectively. The study also found that the survey respondents in the “stay” group, which are the teachers that did not plan to leave their current assignment, were classified with better accuracy (96.6%) and were more positive about their work environment. The results of this study confirm a relationship between teachers’ stated intentions to stay in their current assignment, the condition of school facilities, and the availability of resources in public schools in North Carolina. Implications for policy and practice are presented along with suggestions for further research.

Additional Information

Publication
Dissertation
Brendle-Corum, A. (2010). Exploring Characteristics of Public School Facilities and Resources and the Relationship with Teacher Retention. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
Teacher Retention, School Facilities, Instructional Materials, Technology, Teacher Working Conditions