ERIC Number: ED413316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-16
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Exploring Teacher Job Satisfaction, across Years of Teaching Experience.
Klecker, Beverly; Loadman, William E.
This cross-sectional, descriptive study explored seven aspects of classroom teachers' job satisfaction across six categories of years of teaching experience (ranging from 5 years or fewer to 26 years or more). The National Follow-up Survey of Teacher Education Graduates was mailed to 10,544 teachers in 307 restructured Ohio public schools and returned by 38 percent (N=4,076). The survey measured job satisfaction by examining: (1) salary and fringe benefits; (2) opportunities for professional advancement; (3) level of personal/professional challenge; (4) level of professional autonomy/decision making authority; (5) general work conditions; (6) interactions with colleagues; and (7) interactions with students. All teacher ratings of job satisfaction were positive, and differences were of degree rather than kind. There were no statistically significant differences by years of teaching experience in ratings of satisfaction with salary, general work conditions, or interaction with students. Teachers rated interactions with students the highest and satisfaction with general working conditions the lowest. Teachers with 5 or fewer years of teaching experience rated satisfaction higher on opportunities for advancement, personal/professional challenge, professional autonomy/decision making, and total scale score. In general, after the first five years of teaching, there were no differences in job satisfaction ratings across the six categories. Four data tables are attached. (Contains 29 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio