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ERIC Number: EJ869291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Rural Teacher Satisfaction: An Analysis of Beliefs and Attitudes of Rural Teachers' Job Satisfaction
Huysman, John T.
Rural Educator, v29 n2 p31-38 Win 2008
This study analyzed teachers' beliefs and attitudes affecting job satisfaction in one small, rural Florida school district. This mixed methods study included a self-administered survey of Likert-type items measuring 20 factors for job satisfaction and individual semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Several issues related to dissatisfaction surfaced not presented in previous studies. Teachers often found themselves frustrated at work because of conflicting expectations concerning their professional and social roles within the community and perceived that peers or coalitions within the schools possessed undue influence and power. Of most concern to participants was the perception of being unappreciated. This perception was influenced by the collective bargaining process and promoted the perception of a "lack of respect" and an "unhealthy competition" between homegrown and transplanted faculty. Addressing these perceptions afford rural administrators an opportunity to positively influence teacher retention, teacher quality, student achievement, and school climate.
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Job Satisfaction, Teacher Persistence, Focus Groups, Collective Bargaining, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Role, Faculty Mobility, Academic Achievement, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida