Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Curriculum & Instruction
Committee Member 1
Tara Star Johnson
Committee Member 2
Research shows that teacher retention is an issue of serious concern. Job dissatisfaction from personal and professional stressors is causing teachers at different experience levels to reevaluate their commitment to the classroom. Veteran teachers who complete their career are also evaluating whether or not teaching is worth what is invested. This project is grounded in narrative inquiry, in hopes of understanding the lives of female English language arts teachers. For the participants in this study, financial concerns and family commitments, issues of student accountability, and educational reform worry them equally. For all teachers, regardless of experience level, student apathy remains a source of discontent. The teachers in this study feel they are part of a profession that is being devalued by multiple sources inside and outside the classroom.
Sedberry, Tiffany Michelle, "Listening To Teacher Voices: Using Narrative Inquiry To Understand The Lives Of Beginning, Experienced And Veteran Female English Teachers" (2013). Open Access Theses. 75.