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Recruitment and retention of teachers for Prince George inner-city schools
Kathryn L. Richardson (author)Andrew Kitchenham (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia (Degree granting institution)
Master of Education (MEd)
Inner-city schools are complex institutions and provide challenging working conditions for inner-city teachers. School districts have experienced difficulty recruiting and retaining effective teachers for their inner-city schools. This study examined potential strategies and programs to attract and support teachers for inner-city schools. The research followed a collective case study methodology and data were collected through interviews with seven experienced inner-city teachers in the Prince George School District. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed for resonant themes. Important themes emerging from the data were: Relationships, Working Conditions, Mindset, Attributes, and Skills. Findings suggest that teachers choose to work and stay in inner-city schools because they derive enjoyment and rewards from this meaningful work. Relationships, especially those with colleagues, provided important supports for inner-city teachers. Recruitment and retention strategies should focus on the altruistic motivation of teachers rather than on financial enticements. --Leaf ii.
The original print copy of this thesis may be available here: http://wizard.unbc.ca/record=b1976550
Teachers -- Recruiting -- British Columbia -- Prince George.Urban schools -- British Columbia -- Prince George.