Teaching; a lifelong passion or just another career? A comprehensive study of factors affecting the crisis of physical education teachers leaving the profession.

Wells, S., (2015) Teaching; a lifelong passion or just another career? A comprehensive study of factors affecting the crisis of physical education teachers leaving the profession. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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More and more teachers are considering leaving the profession; meanwhile student teachers are leaving their initial teacher training. Previous research indicates that excessive workload, is the main reason behind this.This study explored the reasons behind teachers leaving the profession and whether there is a relationship between student teachers stopping their initial training and teachers who have already left the profession. It will also explore current teachers’ stresses causing them to consider leaving the profession, relating this to job satisfaction.The final research group (n=30) were all participants from a secondary school PE teaching background in the South of England. These were separated into three sample groups; student PE teachers who had left initial training (n=10), current PE teachers (n=10), and PE teachers who had already left the profession (n=10). These sample groups were compared with one another to identify any similarities to determine their reasons for leaving or considering leaving the profession.An online questionnaire was created through the adaptation of two national surveys used in the United Kingdom and The United States of America. These were sent out to participants in the South of England via email. Participants self-consented by completing an online consent form. Further analysis was undertaken through interviews of one participant from each sample group (n=3) to develop additional insight into the questions devised in the questionnaires. The research conducted produced qualitative data to be descriptively analysed.Key findings: Challenging behaviour pays a greater influence on student teachers leaving the profession in comparison to current PE teachers and those who have already left. All sample groups 30 (100%) found that the profession mainly receives negative press. Changes to teacher’s terms and conditions showed to present the second most likely reason for teachers leaving the profession. Lack of support from colleagues appeared to have more of an affect for student teachers leaving the profession; meanwhile ninety percent of current PE teachers faulted excessive workloads; however this factor showed to be a major issue for all sample groups.The study supported existing research stating that the main reason for teachers considering leaving the profession is due to excessive workload. It also supported that student teachers struggle with challenging behaviour and require greater support from colleagues. It shows that there are some commonalities between student teachers leaving initial training and those PE teachers who have already left the profession.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Physical Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 11:24
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2015 11:24
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1534

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