ERIC Number: ED286094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-23
Reference Count: 0
The Quality of Teacher Work Life Survey: A Preliminary Report on a Measure of Teacher Stress and Job Satisfaction and the Implications for School Counselors.
Pelsma, Dennis M.; And Others
The measurement of job-related stress and job satisfaction in teaching is important for both the present and future well-being of teachers. This study investigated the psychometric characteristics of the Quality of Teacher Work Life Survey (QTWL) and examined which factors can be addressed by the school counselor in working to improve teacher well-being. The QTWL Survey was completed by 251 teachers who rated their present degree of satisfaction and the degree of stress experienced in each of 36 job-related areas, such as salaries, time for preparation, relationships with parents, and student interest. The results suggest that job satisfaction and job stress for teachers are multidimensional rather than unidimensional in nature. Job satisfaction and job stress, as measured by the QTWL, appeared to be strongly related. Overall job satisfaction and job stress for the teachers surveyed did not appear to be significantly related to most demographic variables. A slight but significant relationship may exist between satisfaction and educational level and between age and stress. Although further validation is needed, the QTWL holds promise as a measure of job satisfaction and job stress in teachers and as a diagnostic tool to help school counselors to focus staff development efforts to meet the specific needs of their teachers. (One figure and 13 tables are included.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Quality of Teacher Work Life Survey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (New Orleans, LA, April 21-25, 1987).