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The Retention of Black and White Millennial Generation Teachers Working With Diverse Student Populations
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This research studied not only the Millennial Generation teachers who have entered the workforce in recent years, but it also compared the perceptions of Black Millennial Generation teachers to those of White Millennial Generation teachers. The intent of this study was to discover whether Black and White Millennial Generation teachers feel prepared to work with diverse groups of students and to reveal additional factors influencing their decisions to remain in education. This study also examined whether there were differences between the perceptions of Black and White Millennial Generation teachers regarding their work/life balance, the amount of support they receive from their administrative team, professional learning opportunities, and other components of their teaching careers. This agenda is relevant because the impact of Millennials on the field of education has only begun to be realized and the percentage of Millennials in the classroom continues to rise. Interviewing six Millennial Generation teachers utilizing a semi-structured interview protocol allowed the researcher to gather data about their perceptions of their ability to work with diverse groups of students and the teaching profession. To make sense of the raw data, a prior-research-driven method was used for data analysis. The Millennial Generation is touted to be the most diverse generation to date. This study found that both Black and White Millennial Generation teachers feel they are able to successfully reach ethnically and socioeconomically diverse groups of students. The subjects for this study reported a high tolerance for and appreciation of ethnic, socioeconomic, and religious diversity.
Hlavinka, Sylinda (2013). The Retention of Black and White Millennial Generation Teachers Working With Diverse Student Populations. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from