ERIC Number: ED233438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Transfer and Job Satisfaction: An Exploratory Field Study.
Reed, Donald B.; Paznokas, Mary A.
To explore the previously neglected relationship between teacher transfer and job satisfaction, the authors of this case study divided 12 teachers from a single school district into 2 groups. Group one, consisting of eight teachers recently selected for transfer, was subsequently interviewed four times over the course of the first year after transfer. Group two, made up of four teachers transferred 1 to 4 years prior to the study, was interviewed only once. Using descriptive words and phrases from the teacher interviews, the authors compiled graphs to determine various levels and contributing factors of job satisfaction. Correlations of the two principal factors determining job satisfaction--teacher response to transfer (willing or unwilling) and prior experience in the subject area to be taught--reveal that, in general, a teacher's job satisfaction will rise following a transfer, though lack of prior experience in a new subject area may initially result in a low level of satisfaction. After offering a list of eight hypotheses relating response to experience, the authors conclude with a recommendation that further research replicate the study with a larger sample over a longer period of time. (JBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).