2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

What Makes Them Stay? A Look at Rural Teacher Retention
Emma J. Westin
Dr. John Jones, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to determine why teachers in low-paying, high-poverty rural schools chose to remain at their jobs instead of seeking higher-paying work elsewhere. Interviews were conducted with 14 veteran teachers and administrators in high poverty school districts in northeast Missouri using a constant set of questions. These interviews were analyzed for patterns and recurring themes. We found that most teachers choose to remain in these districts because this area is home for them and their families and because the teachers enjoy the community dynamic with their students and colleagues.

Keywords: Teacher Retention, Rural Education, Community, Salary, Poverty, Teacher Recruitment

Topic(s):Education

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 7-2
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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