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Life Tables: A New Perspective on Teacher Career Patterns


by Sarah R. Cannon & Kelly Iwanaga Becker — July 06, 2015

This note demonstrates how life tables can be adapted from demography to studies of teachers’ careers. We provide an example using data from the Schools and Staffing Survey to compare teachers across rural, urban, and suburban locales. Using life tables, we estimate both retention rates and how long we expect teachers to remain at their school depending on their level of experience and find no difference across locales. This methodology could be applied to predict future school staffing needs.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 06, 2015
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18015, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 4:50:49 AM

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  • Sarah Cannon
    Northwestern University
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    SARAH R. CANNON is a PhD candidate in Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Her interests center on the interactions between schools and communities, teacher labor markets, and rural education.
  • Kelly Becker
    Northwestern University
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    KELLY IWANAGA BECKER is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the high school-to-college transition for disadvantaged students.
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