Honors Program


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Spring 3-19-2020


Greufe, M. 2020. Evaluating Teacher Turnover Rates in America, Canada, and Finland. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Mary Greufe 2020.


According to the Consortium for Policy Research in Education [CPRE] Report, Seven Trends: The Transformation of the Teaching Force, researchers “found that [in the United States] more than 41 percent of new teachers leave within 5 years of entry” (Seven Trends: The Transformation of the Teaching Force; Ingersoll, Merrill, and Stuckey; 2014). This research project will review why America has high turnover rates in the teaching profession. The project will evaluate America’s teacher’s education program, then compare it to Canada and Finland’s workforce conditions for teaching staff in public schools. Specifically, the evaluation will focus on compensation, school climate indicators, teacher education programs for pre-service teachers, and opportunities for professional development for all teachers. Finally, a set of recommendations will follow-up the evaluation in order to reduce high turnover rates for teachers in America.