School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Teacher, Retention, Principals, Administrators, Support, Relationships
Education | Educational Administration and Supervision
Gunter, Christine Proctor, "Improving Teacher Retention in a South Carolina School District" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2722.
The purpose of this applied study is to solve the problem of the teacher retention issue for a school district in South Carolina and to design a solution to address the problem. A multi-method design was used consisting of both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The first approach was structured interviews with administrators. The interviews with administrators aimed to set the foundation on their school’s teacher retention and attrition and provided an outline for supportive opportunities they offer early-career teachers. Surveys with early-career teachers provided insight to their thoughts and feelings about their profession and school. The third approach is to consult documents detailing teacher retention in an effort to gain specific school district data on teacher retention and attrition, which provides information on each specific school’s data.