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Teachers' Perceptions of Their Jobs: A Multilevel Analysis of the Teacher Follow-Up Survey for 1994-95

by Xiaofeng Steven Liu & J. Patrick Meyer - 2005

This study examined teachers' perceptions of their jobs and teacher turnover through an analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics Schools and Staffing Survey and Teacher Follow-Up Survey. Our analysis suggests that student discipline problems were a major reason for teachers' dissatisfaction with their jobs, second only to low compensation. Private school teachers generally encountered fewer student discipline problems and perceived their professional lives more favorably than public school teachers, although private schools usually offer lower salaries than public schools. Minority teachers were less satisfied with work conditions and student discipline problems than nonminority teachers. These findings imply policy changes for teacher retention.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 5, 2005, p. 985-1003
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11847, Date Accessed: 6/14/2021 3:23:35 PM

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  • Xiaofeng Liu
    University of South Carolina
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    XIAOFENG STEVEN LIU is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies at University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and did his postdoctoral studies at University of Michigan. His research interests include statistical power analysis, hierarchical linear modeling, and educational policy analysis.
  • J. Meyer
    James Madison University
    J. PATRICK MEYER is an assistant professor of psychology and an assistant assessment specialist in the Center for Assessment and Research Studies at James Madison University. His research interests include teacher characteristics, teacher attrition, item response theory, and finite-mixture models.
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