Murray State Theses and Dissertations


Most agriculture teachers leave the profession by the time they reach their mid-career phase. While there is significant research indicating factors why agriculture teachers choose to leave the career there is a void in the knowledge as to why late career agriculture teachers have persevered and are still choosing to stay in the classroom. This qualitative study identifies factors as to why agriculture teachers have chosen to stay in the profession. The researcher interviewed late career agriculture teachers in Georgia with 20 or more years in the classroom and are currently still teaching today. These interviews lead to common themes in determining what factors have contributed to the longevity of these agriculture teachers.

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Agriculture Education, late career agriculture teachers, career life cycle, work life balance, persistence

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Dissertation Committee Chair

Alex Shultz

Committee Member

Kristie Guffey

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Randal Wilson

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