ERIC Number: ED181207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The Community Education Coordinator: Sources of Job Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction.
Sheppard, Bunny G.
The determination of those factors of motivation and hygiene which led to job satisfaction/dissatisfaction of forty-five randomly selected community education coordinators in six mid-Atlantic states was the primary purpose of this interview-oriented research study. A second purpose was to examine the relationship between age, gender, marital status, and length of service to job satisfaction/dissatisfaction. The study built on Frederick Herzberg's research and used his "critical incident" interviewing technique. Results tend to support the hypothesis that Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory can be applied to community education coordinators. Interview responses revealed that achievement, interpersonal relations with subordinates, and recognition were the factors which motivated them most to strive for a high level of job performance. Lack of achievement, however, was frequently associated with dissatisfaction as well. Policy and administration, interpersonal relations with subordinates, supervision, and working conditions were the factors which caused the greatest job dissatisfaction. More careful attention to the nurturing of the sources of job satisfaction and to the reduction of sources of job dissatisfaction should bring about increased program and job performance, lower turnover and absenteeism, and greater opportunities for self actualization on the part of the coordinators. (MEK)
Descriptors: Achievement, Age, Community Coordination, Community Education, Coordinators, Critical Incidents Method, Interpersonal Relationship, Interviews, Job Satisfaction, Marital Status, Mental Health, Motivation, Professional Recognition, Self Actualization, Sex (Characteristics), Tenure, Vocational Adjustment, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Mid-Atlantic Center for Community Education.