Predicting Secondary School Teacher Absenteeism in Trinidad

Despite the popularity of absenteeism in general, school teacher absenteeism has received only moderate interest. Over the past decade, school teacher absenteeism has been becoming increasingly problematic in Trinidad. To address this issue, this study aims to provide policy implications based on socio-demographic predictors of secondary school teacher absenteeism. In so doing, this study partially replicates Rosenblatt and Shirom’s work with notable changes. Specifically, this study (a) focuses on absence duration rather than spells, (b) uses a more comprehensive measure of education, and (c) measures number of young children rather than all children. Using a sample of 146 teachers across eight secondary schools in Trinidad, the results of a hierarchical multiple regression analysis indicate that teacher absenteeism can be predicted by prior absenteeism, age, and form teacher position. The findings also partially support gender and number of young children as marginal absenteeism predictors. Limitations, suggestions for future research, and policy implications are discussed. Click the following URL to read the publication: Sociodemographic predictors of secondary school teacher absenteeism (Pre-Print).

APA Reference:

Balwant, Paul Tristen. (2016). Socio-demographic predictors of secondary school teacher absenteeism in Trinidad. International Journal of Employment Studies, 24(1), 6–24.


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