An Embedded Descriptive Case Study: Exploring Urban Teacher Retention Through Job Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Educational Administration

Date of Award

Spring 2022


The purpose of this embedded descriptive case study was to describe job satisfaction and job dissatisfaction factors that influence urban teacher retention, along with looking at the influence and role of principal leadership through looking at the State of Texas Attrition Report, interviewing an elementary principal, and surveying the teachers at the same campus. The findings of this study will offer insight into what factors contribute to increased job satisfaction and decreased job dissatisfaction in urban schools while also identifying initiatives that the principal thought to be the most impactful in sustaining a teacher force on an urban campus. The principal participated in a semi-structured interview of nine questions while the teachers took the 36-item Spector Job Satisfaction Survey which measures areas of satisfaction and dissatisfaction. The embedded-descriptive design included multiple data sources which supported validation of the study and provided various perspectives into teacher retention on urban campuses.


Nathan Templeton

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Administration and Supervision