Journal Article — Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Personal Conflicts, Social Dilemmas — by P. E. Gracey III




The social dilemma that I explore in this paper has great relevance to my life. I have chosen to investigate the recent shortage of teachers in our educational school systems. I view this to be a major social problem that will affect almost everyone. This topic will also relate to my own life in various ways. First, I will look at the reasons I have chosen to enter the educational field. I will relate my personal career choice to those of others that are in a similar situation. Next, I will look at the problem of teacher shortages. I will look at some of the personal dilemmas that I am facing and link them to the social factors surrounding teacher shortages. Lastly I will explore the ways that society is combating this problem and look at how these solutions connect to my own life. I hope that this exploration will provide me with some answers, or at least some options, as to where my career is headed. Throughout this paper I will look at the issue of teacher shortages in terms of my own experiences, ideas, and emotions that are related to the educational field.

Recommended Citation

Gracey III, P. E.. 2002. “Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Personal Conflicts, Social Dilemmas.” Pp. 26-35 in Student Life Courses & Social Policies (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume I, Issue 1, 2002.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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