Examining study attrition: Implications for experimental research on professional development
Beth W. Kubitskey, Richard J. Vath, Heather J. Johnson, Barry J. Fishman, Spyros Konstantopoulos, Gina J. Park
TATE Volume 28, Number 3, ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
As teacher professional development research includes more experimental designs, new challenges arise. We examine the threat of participant attrition as an example of the types of problems researchers face. Counter-intuitively, higher levels of recruitment effort were related to higher dropout rates among teachers. We also found that teachers left because of changes in teaching assignments, institutional challenges, and personal challenges. Finally, the majority of teachers in urban schools dropped out, while the majority of teachers in rural or suburban schools remained. We conclude with recommendations for future teacher learning experiments.
Kubitskey, B.W., Vath, R.J., Johnson, H.J., Fishman, B.J., Konstantopoulos, S. & Park, G.J. (2012). Examining study attrition: Implications for experimental research on professional development. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 28(3), 418-427. Elsevier Ltd.