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Early career teacher attrition in Australia: inconvenient truths about new public management

journal contribution
posted on 2017-08-10, 00:00 authored by Andrea Gallant, Phil RileyPhil Riley
Early career teacher (ECT) attrition data are often challenged by those outside of the profession. Attrition rates can only be interpolated from existing data, but fall somewhere between 8 and 53%. The Australian workforce data on ECT attrition are problematized at the outset, before presenting a collective case study examining early career male teachers’ reasons for leaving. Male teachers were chosen as the sample of convenience as they are the most sought after candidates to join the profession. We analysed their sense-making. Interviews ranged between 2 and 3 h to gain their rich descriptions and interpretations. Analysis revealed that new public management practices were the major contributor to early exit. This finding makes a new contribution to the literature on early career attrition.

History

Journal

Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice

Pagination

1 - 18

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1354-0602

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Informa UK