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ERIC Number: ED516776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 108
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-4118-6
Lagging in the Race: The Impact of Teacher Morale on Student Achievement
Covington, Char-Shenda D.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The effect teachers have on student achievement is perennial. Several factors contribute to declining teacher morale. Teachers have an insuperable amount of responsibilities and duties. Stress related to increased federal, state, and local demands, low pay, lack of administrative support, and heightened discipline problems, are all factors that contribute to low teacher morale. With the current economic state, job security is another heightened concern of teachers. The basis of this study suggests that morale is complex and affects a myriad of components in education. This concept, merged with student achievement, will be explored in this paper. The purpose of this research is to highlight major factors of teacher morale and determine whether there is a significant relationship between teacher morale and student achievement. The aim of this study is to understand and measure teacher morale as it relates to student achievement in one Fulton County middle school. First, a literature review attempts to define teacher morale, its major components, and its impact on student achievement. Second, an attempt was made to understand the role of school administrators and their impact on teacher morale. Lastly, the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) was used to measure student achievement. The results of the study showed that there was no correlation between teacher morale and student achievement using the CRCT scores. The study also found that there is no relationship between teacher morale and student proficiency (meets expectations or does note expectations) on the CRCT and no significant correlation between the teachers' level of education, teacher morale, and students' CRCT scores. The study did find that the following were major factors of teacher morale working conditions, level of belongingness, work load, student discipline, relationships with employees and employer, decision making procedures, and administrators' dispositions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Georgia Criterion Referenced Tests