The role of motivations and perceptions on the retention of inservice teachers

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Alexander, Colette
Wyatt-Smith, Claire
Du Plessis, Anna
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2020
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This article addresses the characteristics, motivations and perceptions of teachers regarding retention. The participants were practicing teachers in Australia. The survey included the Factors Influencing Teaching Choice (FIT-Choice) scale, previously used with preservice teachers. The results show that: i) teacher motivations are related to self-perceptions in teaching children/adolescents in the community, ii) threatened by negative social perceptions, and iii) influenced by characteristics such as gender. It is concluded that retention may be undermined by employment practices and social perceptions that erode a teacher’s self-concept. Outcomes inform policy for improving employment practices for the retention of a diverse teaching workforce.

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Teaching and Teacher Education

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96

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Education systems

Specialist studies in education

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Alexander, C; Wyatt-Smith, C; Du Plessis, A, The role of motivations and perceptions on the retention of inservice teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education, 2020, 96, pp. 103186

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