Term of Award

Spring 2007

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Walter Polka

Committee Member 1

Meta Harris

Committee Member 2

Ming Fang He

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of personnel directors on strategies that are currently being used to retain teachers in the absence of a state-wide retention policy in the state of Georgia. Data collection methods were structured based on the review of literature. Components of the survey were sampled on six personnel directors in order to ensure that all areas of the topic were discussed. A survey was administered to personnel directors throughout the state of Georgia. Education has a deep impact on society; therefore, it is the biggest investment of our future. Results indicated that teachers need to be provided sufficient training and mentoring support, so they can better educate students. Funds should be appropriately allocated to provide resources, salary increases, and continuous training to novice and veteran teachers. Positive and supportive environments will encourage teachers to remain in the field of education. Recommendations suggest that the use of more dialogue between school systems will illuminate ideas, so best practices of strategies to retain teachers can be shared and utilized for this very important and timely purpose.

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