The author discusses the high teacher attrition rate that is particularly acute in the sciences, and that especially affects talented, high-quality teachers. He discusses institutional factors that contribute to such an alarming attrition rate, barriers to curbing attrition, and successful strategies for retention. To attract and retain high-quality teachers, the education system must address science teachers' sense of professional isolation, administrators' lack of receptivity to thoughtful teachers' ideas, egalitarian salary compensation schemes, and lack of professional recognition. An outstanding chemistry teacher-turned-pharmaceutical saleswoman is profiled as an example of wasted talent. Two Internet programs may reduce isolation.
Weld, J. (1998, March 1). Attracting and Retaining High-Quality Professionals in Science Education. Phi Delta Kappan, 79(7), 536-539. Retrieved August 31, 2015, from http://www.questia.com/library/1G1-20521089/attracting-and-retaining-high-quality-professionals
%0 Journal Article %A Weld, Jeffrey %D March 1, 1998 %T Attracting and Retaining High-Quality Professionals in Science Education %J Phi Delta Kappan %V 79 %N 7 %P 536-539 %8 March 1, 1998 %U http://www.questia.com/library/1G1-20521089/attracting-and-retaining-high-quality-professionals
Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.