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ISRN Education
Volume 2012, Article ID 424715, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/424715
Research Article

Keeping Our Nation's Mathematics Teachers

Mathematics Department, Fresno City College, 1101 East University Avenue, Fresno, CA 93741, USA

Received 21 October 2012; Accepted 8 November 2012

Academic Editors: M. F. Cerda and M. Reis

Copyright © 2012 Carol Curtis. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Teacher retention has been an issue that has influenced education for many years. The purpose of this research was to uncover the factors that influence a mathematics teacher’s decision to leave the teaching profession. This study compared teachers’ responses by regions of the country, as well as responses between middle school and high school mathematics teachers. Findings from the study indicate an alarmingly high rate of teachers who will be leaving the teaching field for reasons other than retirement. The role of administrators in teacher retention is significant, and implications from the research suggest that an increase in administrator training could play a major role in keeping our nation’s mathematics teachers in the classroom.