Gallant, A. & Riley, P. (2014). Early career teacher attrition: New thoughts on an intractable problem. Teacher Development: An International Journal of Teachers' Professional Development,18(4), 562-580. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/13664530.2014.945129
Early career exit from teaching has reached epidemic proportions and appears intractable. Previous attempts to find solutions are yet to make much of an inroad. The aim of the research was to discover what nine beginning teachers required to remain in the classroom, by adopting a phenomenological approach. The authors identified participants’ common experiences through semi-structured interviews and unprompted written narratives. Data were examined for trustworthiness by reference to the literature. Key words from the narratives were synonyms, or broadly synonymous with, optimism, arrested development or disillusionment. The process of leaving involved entry, characterised by optimism; early experiences, characterised by arrested development; pre-exit, characterised by disillusionment; and exit.
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