There Has to be a Better Way: Lessons from Former Urban Teachers (Paperback)
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Winner of the 2020 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award
Teacher attrition has long been a significant challenge within the field of education. It is a commonly-cited statistic that almost fifty percent of beginning teachers leave the field within their first five years, to the detriment of schools, students, and their own career development. There Has to be a Better Way offers an essential voice in understanding the dynamics of teacher attrition from the perspective of the teachers themselves. Drawing upon in-depth qualitative research with former teachers from urban schools in multiple regions of the United States, Lynnette Mawhinney and Carol R. Rinke identify several themes that uncover the rarely-spoken reasons why teachers so often willingly leave the classroom. The authors go further to provide concrete recommendations for how school administrators can better support their practicing teachers, as well as how teacher educators might enhance preparation for the next generation of educators. Complete with suggested readings and discussion questions, this book serves as an indispensable resource in understanding and building an effective and productive educational workforce for our nation’s students.
About the Author
LYNNETTE MAWHINNEY is an associate professor and chair of the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author or coeditor of several titles, including of Teacher Education across Minority-Serving Institutions: Programs, Policies, and Social Justice (Rutgers University Press).
CAROL R. RINKE is associate professor of education and assistant dean for social and behavioral sciences at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she also coordinates the Marist Center for Social Justice Research. She is the author of Why Half of Teachers Leave the Classroom.
"Mawhinney and Rinke's focus on teachers who have voluntarily left classroom teaching prior to retirement is unique. This well-crafted study fills a void in the current literature."
— Tachelle Banks