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Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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It is quite obvious that any person who remains in a certain occupation or profession for some length of time does so for one or more specific reasons. Teachers seemingly then, must have some reason for their tenure in their profession. There have been many studies in the past few years, giving reasons why teachers leave the field. The Research Bulletin for Education in South Dakota indicates that of the 7345 teachers in our public and parochial schools in 1952-53, a total of 1912 did not return to South Dakota classrooms for the 1953-54 school year. This is a matter which demands the consideration of everyone concerned with our school systems. These reports are made known and read by many people, including prospective teachers. It is only proper then, to determine and make known the reasons why some teachers remain in their professions as they do. Many teachers in our public schools, including teachers of special departments have developed desirable tenure. In this paper, a single group, vocational agriculture teachers, will be considered. It is true, according to present available information, that this group loses a larger percentage of teachers than do many other fields of education. In a study by Clarke, completed in 1954, of how many vocational agriculture teachers left the field in South Dakota from 1946-53, it was found that a total of 41 left during that period. While many do leave for various reasons, the majority of the vocational agriculture teachers throughout the nation have remained in their positions through the years. The success of a vocational agriculture department is dependent upon the services of a competent teacher. This study determines why many of those teachers remain in their positions.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Agriculture -- Vocational Guidance
Teachers -- South Dakota



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South Dakota State University


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