ERIC Number: ED190666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Sources of Satisfaction. School Subjects and What Secondary School Students Think of Them. Item 13, Set No. 2, 1979. Research Information for Teachers.
Carried out on a small sample, this study provides some clues as to why pupils in New Zealand secondary schools prefer various subjects. A questionnaire with lists of possible reasons for liking/disliking particular subjects was administered to 367 secondary school pupils in 16 classes in various cities throughout New Zealand. The sample was not necessarily representative of the grade levels for achievement, ability, or subjects taken. The results are reported for the total group of males and females, because there were very few sex and class differences. A summary of the results showed that the preferred subjects selected were most likely to reflect an interaction with the intrinsic characteristics of the subject; interest, usefulness, and achievement rated highly also. When a subject was chosen as least preferred, extrinsic factors such as teaching quality became important. Using the analogy of a school subject as a job and of a teacher as a foreman, the results support Herzberg's theory of job satisfaction; suggest that management theory may be applied to classroom settings; and that techniques such as better teaching will have limited impact on student attitudes, and at best, will reduce dissatisfaction. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers: New Zealand; Satisfaction; Two Factor Theory of Job Satisfaction (Herzberg)