Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Allan Bellman

Second Advisor

Renee Cunningham

Third Advisor

Joel Amidon

Relational Format



New teacher attrition rates have increased over the years. Twenty percent of new teachers will leave the profession after three years. That number increases to forty-four percent after five years of teaching. For those just entering the profession, these numbers can be daunting. The purpose of this study was to determine the reasons for this departure and what actions schools employ to help lessen this attrition rate. After screening four teachers to gain a general insight into their experiences, eight teachers with a similar educational background were selected for additional interviews. This study was intended to determine how much of an induction program their school gave them as well as other factors they or the school may have done to help them adjust to full-time teaching. After interviewing the teachers, nine categories stood out. Four of these related to induction programs, four related to relationships and community, and the last was determining whether they were staying at their school. From the results, it can be determined that while a successful induction program is important, more important is the teacher’s integration into the school and community.

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