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Distinguished visitor lecture: Professor Dennis McInerney

Teacher commitment: Are there essential characteristics that ensure engagement and longevity in the teaching profession?

Tuesday 6 March

5 – 6pm J1 Lecture Theatre

6 – 7pm Drinks reception and networking opportunity A201

Within New Zealand fewer beginning teachers are entering the profession and there is a high rate of attrition among beginning secondary teachers. Just under half leave teaching within the first five years of joining the profession, and the proportion that start in permanent full-time positions has also fallen (Secondary Teacher Supply Working Group Report, August 2016). This pattern is similar in many educational jurisdictions including the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. However, there are educational jurisdictions where this phenomenon of high teacher attrition is not present.

This presentation will draw on data from a large teacher based study in Hong Kong, where teacher attrition is low. It will examine teacher commitment, motivation and attributes and their effects on job satisfaction, psychological health, well-being, and intention to remain in the teaching profession and current school; correlates of low attrition from the teaching profession.


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