ERIC Number: ED362371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Job Satisfaction in Rural Schools: A View from the Texas Panhandle.
Ruhl-Smith, Connie; Smith, James M.
Job satisfaction and its components were investigated among 156 teachers in 15 of the smallest school districts in the Texas panhandle. The districts were randomly selected from all panhandle districts having an average daily attendance of 200 students or less. Respondents completed a 28-item modified version of the Community Attitudes Toward Education Survey. Over 90 percent of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with teaching. Factors that contributed to these teachers' satisfaction included respect for and relationships with other teachers in the school, positive attitudes toward students, and teacher involvement in school governance. Responses to open-ended queries included positive comments about small class size, student attitudes, fellow teachers, collegiality, and relaxed environment. Positive and negative comments were received about parent involvement, student discipline and responsibility, and home-school relations. Negative comments referred to the school board-teacher relationship, school closings, rural isolation, and financial problems. Recommendations for administrative action are outlined. Contains 59 references and the survey questions. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas (Panhandle)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Indian Wells, CA, August 1993).