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Is teacher attrition a poor estimate of the value of teacher education? A Swedish case.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology. (PEPP)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6456-5735
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice. (PEPP)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice. (PEPP)
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Teacher Education, ISSN 0261-9768, E-ISSN 1469-5928, Vol. 42, no 2, p. 243-257Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Far from all who complete teacher education end up working as teachers throughout their entire career. At first sight the value of teacher education, in terms of efficiency, seems to be a failure. In the present article we argue that teacher attrition, when defined as whether one is working as teacher or not, is a too blunt measure to gauge whether teacher education has been valuable. With a unique dataset, where we have detailed information on 87 Swedish teacher graduates’ working life across 23 years, we can consider whether activities and/or experiences point to an apparent use of teacher education. In conclusion, we find that in order to get informative estimates of its value it is important to consider it from different perspectives and to consider attrition related to the total working time spent in educational settings across a career rather than percentage leaving teaching after a set of years.

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Taylor & Francis, 2019. Vol. 42, no 2, p. 243-257
Keywords [en]
teacher attrition, teacher education, teacher career
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80668DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2019.1566315Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060151390OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80668DiVA, id: diva2:1289924
Available from: 2019-02-19 Created: 2019-02-19 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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Carlsson, RickardLindqvist, PerNordänger, Ulla Karin

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