School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
Migration, Teachers’ Perceptions, Maslow’s Hierarchy Theory, Multimethods
Haynsworth, Stephanie Burton, "Educators on the Move: An Applied Study of Literature-based Solutions for Teacher Migration within an Exclusive Urban School District" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2932.
The purpose of this applied study was to solve the problem of teacher migration to other school districts for a single urban school district located in the Southeast region of the United States. Specific interventions were recommended to address the problem through the utilization of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as well as literature-based solutions. A multimethod approach was applied to strengthen the study by examining the problem of teacher migration from different perspectives. This approach, which involved teacher interviews, focus groups, quantitative surveys, and document trend studies, gave a multi-dimensional depiction of teacher migration in the district. Interviews with five previously employed teachers and two focus groups of seven administrators were conducted. Along with the interviews and focus groups, 18 additional teachers completed a quantitative survey. Trend studies for the district were also analyzed to discover if certain schools or school levels have a higher rate of teacher turnover. Outcomes and practical recommendations were identified.