ERIC Number: ED461649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-1
Teacher Motivation and Job Satisfaction in the New Millennium.
Mertler, Craig A.
This study examined the current state of teacher motivation and job satisfaction, building upon previous research by substantially increasing the sample to 969 participants. Participants were predominantly white, female elementary, middle, and high school teachers. They responded to a Web-based survey that examined their overall level of job satisfaction as a teacher, whether they would choose to become a teacher again if starting all over in a new career, the extent to which teachers in general are motivated, and how many teachers they knew or worked with who were unmotivated. Data analysis indicated that 77 percent of teachers were satisfied with their jobs as teachers. Males were slightly more satisfied as teachers than females. Teachers early in their careers and near the end of their careers indicated the highest levels of job satisfaction. More teachers in their early 20s and 30s indicated a desire to enter the field of teaching again if given the opportunity. Males reported knowing significantly more unmotivated teachers than did females, and 23 percent of respondents reported knowing or working with more than 10 teachers they would classify as unmotivated. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 24-27, 2001).