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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1950. Department of School Administration.


Copyright 1950, the author. Used by permission.


This study has attempted to investigate the causes of teacher turnover among teachers on the faculties of the Seventh-day Adventist boarding academies. Questionnaires were sent to all the boarding academies of the Seventh-day Adventists in North America, numbering twenty-five in all.By actual count, it was determined that there were 1689 teachers employed for the six year period under the survey.In order to get a fair cross section, three two-year periods were picked out, 1938-40 which was a pre-war period, 1942-44 which was a two-year war period, and 1946-48 which was a two year post-war period.Out of the 1689 teachers employed during this period, it was found that there was a turnover of 520 teachers.

The results of this investigation indicate that the rate of turnover in Seventh-day Adventist boarding academies is much smaller than it is in the public schools.It has been shown that three items account for 58.30 per cent of the complete turnover in Seventh-day Adventist boarding academies.These three items are:

  1. Accepting a teaching position in another academy.

  2. Accepting another kind of work, denominational or otherwise.

  3. Accepting a teaching position in a college.

    Turnover due to marriage ranks high in the public schools and low in the academies.It would seem that the turnover of teachers could be lessened by a more secure plan of tenure.In other occupations it is usually felt that the longer the tenure a person has in a position, the more valuable he becomes to the employing body.A similar attitude should be developed on the part of those in an administrative position in educational work.Too much cannot be said about the importance of leadership in the educational field as a means of overcoming teacher turnover.When those who lead are sympathetic, kind, progressive, and have a real vision of what the needs of the teacher are, the teacher will desire to stay by the profession and the teacher turnover will be reduced to a minimum.

Advisor: Merle A. Stoneman