Determinants of PE Teachers Career Intentions

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Kasper Mäkelä University of Jyväskylä

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One of the cause’s célèbre in the field of education has been teacher attrition; Physical education (PE) is no different. Some PE teachers are leaving the profession because they encounter stress and dissatisfaction in their profession. The purpose of this study is to determine the aspects that keep PE teachers happy and remaining in the profession. Seven job satisfaction factors were identified with principal component analysis and logistic regression models used to study the likelihood of teachers’ intention to stay in the profession. Those PE teachers who intended to stay in teaching were more satisfied with the resources, work community, their own expertise, recognition of teaching, manageability of work, students, as well as the quality of work. It was also found that satisfaction and commitment to teaching were strong predictors for staying in the profession. For early career teachers, manageability and quality of work were the factors that were strongly related to their intention to stay in the profession.

Mäkelä and Hirvensalo are with the Department of Sport Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland. Whipp is with the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia.

Address author correspondence to Kasper Mäkelä at kasper.makela@jyu.fi.
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