Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Department

Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Committee Chair

Raynice Jean-Sigur

First Committee Member

Douglas Bell

Second Committee Member

Camille Sutton-Brown-Fox

Abstract

This qualitative autoethnographic study explores the phenomenon of teacher turnover as it relates to the researcher’s specific contexts and personal experiences. Through the acts of journaling, coaching, and narrative writing, teachers can better understand influences of culture on their beliefs, values, attitudes, and decisions – especially in regards to actions of movement from one setting to another. The findings indicate that beliefs, values, attitudes, and decisions are learned through a school’s culture, and they can change depending on perspective. The findings also indicate that there is power in dialogue – even for teachers who never felt they had influence or a voice at all.

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