INVESTIGATING THE REASONS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS’ ATTRITION AND RETENTION

Eyup Bayram GUZEL

Abstract


This study investigated the factors that contribute to special education teachers’ attrition and retention in public schools. Six special education teachers were interviewed. Initial interview and follow up interviews were implemented in order to obtain data about the perceptions of special education teachers on attrition and retention issues. Results indicated that lack of administrative support, excessive paper work and caseloads responsibilities, the diverse needs of students with special needs in the classrooms, the lack of family involvement, delivery of teaching resources, role conflicts, and age and experience in the field were found to be influential on attrition and retention of special education teachers.

Keywords: Retention, attrition, special education teachers,


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