ERIC Number: ED126034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Morale: A Pilot Study. Centre for Advancement of Teaching Education Monograph No. 4.
Coverdale, Geoffrey M.
An investigation of the status, attitudes, and morale of the teaching profession in New South Wales was used to gauge the climate of opinion among teachers and to elucidate the factors that may have been responsible for the increased rate of teacher resignations and job dissatisfaction. The methodology took the form of a mail questionnaire to subjects who were practicing teachers in primary and secondary schools throughout New South Wales. The format included six main sections: (1) the role of the teacher's self-image; (2) a list of problems raised by teachers to be graded on a scale ranging from "highly important" to "little or no importance"; (3) social background of the teacher and his family; (4) retrospective assessment of teacher training; (5) recommendations by the teachers for improving the profession; and (6) some personal details of the respondent. A working hypothesis for this study might have been stated as "an attempt to reveal discernible factors which are responsible for the low morale of the teaching profession as evidenced by (a) the high level of political activity, and (b) a general dissatisfaction with present conditions." In this context, morale concerns mental or emotional attitudes of teachers towards components of their job. It takes into account the atmosphere in which they work and their individual orientation towards their tasks. It is essentially a reflection of how one feels about things and therefore is a matter of subjective perception. It can usually be increased by favorably modifying any condition that will increase job satisfaction. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia). Centre for Advancement of Teaching.
Identifiers - Location: Australia