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ERIC Number: ED546455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul-23
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Teacher Rewards: Going beyond the Stickers--Moving beyond Extrinsic Motivation
Taylor, Cheryl; McNaney-Funk, Claire; Jardine, Don; Lehman, Geannette; Fok-Chan, Evelyn
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Studies have shown that teachers appreciate intrinsic rewards, such as student achievement, positive relationships with students, self-growth, and mastery of professional skills, far greater than extrinsic motivators, like holidays and salary (Plihal, 1981; Plihal, 1982; Ashiedu & Scott-Ladd, 2012; Baleghizadeh & Gordani, 2012). This paper presents the findings, regarding rewards of teaching, from a qualitative study conducted with a cohort of beginning graduate students in Red Deer, Alberta, in the summer of 2014. The study used an electronic online survey to gather information regarding the rewards teachers associate with the profession and what drives their decision to stay within in the profession. Participants in the study were current teachers in both rural and urban K-12 schools. Similar to the Dinham & Scott (1997) and Ashiedu & Scott-Ladd (2012) studies, we found that intrinsic motivators are the primary rewards for teachers and these motivators "had most influence on intention to stay in the profession." According to the results of our research, participants valued building relationships, making a difference in the lives of their students, life-long learning and working in a dynamic environment within a fulfilling occupation as the main rewards of teaching. Findings from our study indicated that intrinsic rewards were key factors contributing to teacher retention and longevity within the profession. Our study conclusions lead us to further question whether or not teachers who are motivated by intrinsic rewards are also those teachers who experience teacher burnout.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada