Haddad, B., Knight, K. J., Stewart, J., & Velez, J. J. (2020). Will the first through fifth years please stand up? Quantifying national SBAE teacher experience. Journal of Agricultural Education, 61(4), 266-282. http://doi.org/10.5032/jae.2020.04266

Research often references years of experience specific to participants, yet no compiled report exists
for secondary school-based agricultural education (SBAE) to holistically quantify years of
teaching experience. In addition, definitions accounting for experience fall short of capturing the
myriad ways experience counts in the broader teaching profession. Our study addresses this
missing piece of the teacher retention puzzle. Using Quiñones, Ford, and Teachout’s (1994)
conceptual framework for work experience measures, our study quantified teacher experience in
the National Association for Agricultural Education (NAAE). We analyzed National SBAE teacher
experience through descriptive statistics, compared experience by region using an ANOVA model,
and compared SBAE to the national teaching profession. We found practical significance in the
difference between SBAE’s population of 1-3 year teachers and 10-19 year teachers compared to
the national teacher average. We pose questions around teacher recruitment and retention relative
to the specific experience demographic of SBAE and the generational trends accompanying such

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