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Teachers -- Job satisfaction;


The purpose of the study was to investigate teachers' level of overall job dissatisfaction/career alienation, and to determine which work related elements were most related to overall job dissatisfaction/career alienation. The subjects consisted of 14 out of a possible 41 regular education teachers at a selected parochial high school in the Midwest. The May, Porter & White (1990) Job Satisfaction Survey and a supplemental survey concerning ecological/environmental psychology concerns was administered. Nine hypotheses were tested, and several items concerning work related elements were examined for their relationship to overall job dissatisfaction/career alienation. The results revealed that the level of overall job dissatisfaction/career alienation was fairly low. Years of teaching experience, age, and gender had little or no influence on levels of overall job dissatisfaction/career alienation. Satisfaction with salary was not significantly correlated to career alienation. Teachers were divided on the item asking whether they would become teachers again. Ratings of satisfaction with competence of immediate supervisor, satisfaction with immediate administrator, and how similar teachers saw themselves to their colleagues (social aggregate), were all significantly correlated to job dissatisfaction/career alienation.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology

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Melissa Heston


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