Teachers' motivations for working in rural schools

Lyons, Terry (2009) Teachers' motivations for working in rural schools. In Lyons, Terry, Choi, Joon-Yul, & McPhan, Greg (Eds.) ISFIRE 2009 International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education : Innovation for Equity in Rural Education, SiMERR National Centre, University of New England, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia, pp. 167-177.

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This paper reports on the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data concerning Australian teachers’ motivations for taking up, remaining in, or leaving teaching positions in rural and regional schools. The data were collected from teachers (n = 2940) as part of the SiMERR National Survey, though the results of the qualitative data analysis were not published with the survey report in 2006. The teachers’ comments provide additional insight into their career decisions, complementing the quantitative findings. Content and frequency analyses of the teachers’ comments reveal individual and collective priorities which together with the statistical evidence can be used to inform policies aimed at addressing the staffing needs of rural schools.

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ID Code: 68312
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Pre-QUT publication
Keywords: Teacher attraction and retention, Rural and remote schools, Staffing, Attrition
ISBN: 9781921208362
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 01:58
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2014 04:31

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