Over The Edge: Factors Nudging Mid-Career, School- Based Agriculture Teachers Out of the Profession

dc.contributor.author Solomonson, Jay
dc.contributor.author Retallick, Michael
dc.contributor.author Retallick, Michael
dc.contributor.department Agricultural Education and Studies
dc.date 2019-01-17T16:21:16.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T22:51:35Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-29T22:51:35Z
dc.date.copyright Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2018
dc.date.issued 2018-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>The field of agricultural education has experienced a consistent labor shortage the past several decades. Consequently, many school districts struggle to fill their open positions, while others are forced to shut down their agricultural programs completely due to inadequate staffing. Teacher attrition has been identified as a predominant factor behind the teacher shortage. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to identify factors influencing mid-career school-based agriculture teachers’ decision to stay in or leave the secondary agriculture teaching profession. Researchers developed and administered questionnaires, as well as conducted interviews, to gather data from current, mid-career agriculture teachers to answer the research questions. The researcher’s discovered mid-career agriculture teachers are satisfied with their careers and significant differences do not exist in overall job satisfaction between those contemplating leaving and those who were not. However, differences existed between groups in areas related to recognition and school policy and administration. Additional findings suggest mid-career agriculture teachers value student and program successes, autonomy and variety, and stakeholder support. Moreover, the researcher’s discovered mid-career agriculture teachers experience similar frustrations as teachers in other professional life stages; however, they seem to struggle more with balancing their personal and professional lives due to changing family dynamics.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is published as Solomonson, J. K., & Retallick, M. S. (2018). Over the edge: Factors nudging mid-career, school-based agriculture teachers out of the profession. <em>Journal of Agricultural Education, 59</em>(4), 1-19. doi: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.5032/jae.2018.04001" target="_blank">10.5032/jae.2018.04001</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/2834
dc.language.iso en
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dc.source.uri 10.5032/jae.2018.04001
dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural Education
dc.subject.disciplines Education
dc.subject.disciplines Secondary Education
dc.subject.keywords teacher retention
dc.subject.keywords teacher attrition
dc.subject.keywords mid-career
dc.subject.keywords job satisfaction
dc.subject.keywords teacher shortage
dc.title Over The Edge: Factors Nudging Mid-Career, School- Based Agriculture Teachers Out of the Profession
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