ERIC Number: ED230656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Job Satisfaction and Needs Fulfillment Among Urban High School Teachers.
This paper presents a study conducted to explore the relationship between perceived security, affiliation, self esteem, autonomy, and self actualization, and degree of job satisfaction as reported by urban high school teachers. The control variables used include teachers' age, gender, marital status, length of service, salary, family income, school size, absences due to personal and family illness, and perception of available resources. Questionnaires were sent to 900 high school teachers in a major city school district in the northeastern United States. Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). It was found that: (1) the basic relationship between job satisfaction and needs fulfillment was confirmed; (2) a large number (38.4 percent) of the respondents did not fit into the hierarchical arrangement of needs; (3) availability of resources and length of service contributed independently to and served as mild predictors of job satisfaction; and (4) marital status and perception of availability of resources had significant relationships with needs fulfillment. It is concluded that needs are not necessarily fulfilled hierarchically, and that job satisfaction depends upon the fulfillment of individually perceived needs. Suggestions on how to prevent teacher burnout are also provided. (AOS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-14, 1983).