Teacher Commitment: An Exploration in the Decision to Stay in the Secondary English Language Arts Classroom

dc.contributor.advisorMartinez, Miriam
dc.contributor.authorStortz, Rebecca Joy
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHarmon, Janis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBonner, Emily
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBarnett, Bruce
dc.creator.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1636-0636
dc.date.accessioned2024-03-08T15:43:26Z
dc.date.available2024-03-08T15:43:26Z
dc.date.issued2021
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dc.description.abstractIn response to the often overwhelming challenges in the education field today, teachers are leaving the classroom at a worrying rate, resulting in instability for students, schools, and communities at large. Addressing this current crisis of teacher turnover, the purpose of this study was to provide insight into the factors surrounding teacher commitment, delineating how some teachers overcome these challenges and stay in the classroom. Taking an integrated phenomenological approach, this study used focus groups, individual interviews, and reflective writings to explore the personal characteristics and social networks of seven veteran English language arts teachers. The study employed two theoretical frameworks, teacher identity theory and social network theory, to analyze how the participants' commitment to the classroom was developed and sustained. Using a constant-comparative methodology, the study found six themes surrounding teacher commitment, with topics related to: personality traits, experiences, continued learning, interpersonal relationships, school climates, and satisfaction.
dc.description.departmentInterdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
dc.format.extent146 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9798505511633
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/5637
dc.languageen
dc.subjectEnglish Language Arts
dc.subjectSocial Networks
dc.subjectTeacher Attrition
dc.subjectTeacher Commitment
dc.subjectTeacher Identity
dc.subject.classificationEducation
dc.subject.classificationSecondary education
dc.subject.classificationLanguage arts
dc.titleTeacher Commitment: An Exploration in the Decision to Stay in the Secondary English Language Arts Classroom
dc.typeThesis
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thesis.degree.departmentInterdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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