Recruiting and Retaining STEM Teachers in Rural Areas in Lebanon

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dc.contributor.author Zebian, Farah
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-02T10:15:43Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-02T10:15:43Z
dc.date.copyright 2022 en_US
dc.date.issued 2022-07-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/14200
dc.description.abstract Educational leaders in rural areas struggle to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers. Compared to schools in urban and suburban areas, educational leaders in rural areas have difficulties staffing their classrooms with qualified teachers, especially in STEM fields, because of teacher shortage. The purpose of this study was to explore the challenges that educational leaders face in recruiting and retaining qualified STEM teachers in rural areas in Lebanon and the strategies that they use. This qualitative study used grounded theory and focused on the lived experiences of 21 educational leaders of three schools located in rural areas in Lebanon. Questionnaires, interviews, and a researcher journal were used as data sources. To overcome teacher shortage and burnout, the school leaders reported four major challenges that influenced recruiting and retaining qualified teachers: low salaries, underqualified teacher candidates, insufficient educational resources, and low performing students. School leaders noted that successful strategies in recruiting and retaining qualified teachers included: attracting teachers to work in rural areas, recruiting qualified teachers, and maintaining a productive and positive teaching and learning environment. This study added to the existing literature through focusing on the lived experiences of school leaders in Lebanon as well as highlighting the challenges and strategies unique for the Lebanese cultural context. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject STEM (Education) en_US
dc.subject Education, Rural -- Lebanon -- Case studies en_US
dc.subject Educational leadership -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Teachers -- Recruiting -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Recruiting and Retaining STEM Teachers in Rural Areas in Lebanon en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Summer en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Education en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201002438 en_US
dc.author.commembers Nabahani, Mona
dc.author.commembers Greaves, Morten
dc.author.department Social and Education Sciences en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 online resource (x, 114 leaves): col. ill. en_US
dc.author.advisor Yacoubian, Hagop
dc.keywords Educational Leaders en_US
dc.keywords Rural Education en_US
dc.keywords Rural Teacher Recruitment en_US
dc.keywords Rural Teacher Retention en_US
dc.keywords STEM en_US
dc.keywords STEM Education en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Includes bibliographical references (leaves 94-105) en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.504
dc.author.email farah.zebian@lau.edu en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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