ERIC Number: EJ929021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Teacher Morale: More Complex than We Think?
Australian Educational Researcher, v34 n1 p89-104 Apr 2007
The literature suggests that teacher morale is at an all time low in Australia (Hicks 2003, Smyth 2001) with teachers feeling undervalued, frustrated, unappreciated and demoralized (Smyth 2001; Senate Employment, Education and Training References Committee (SEETRC) 1998). In this paper the author utilizes the data gathered in a recent study into teaching excellence awards (Mackenzie 2004) as the medium to explore and discuss the issue of teacher morale and to provide some tentative suggestions for improving morale as proposed by the study participants. If we accept a reciprocal relationship between teacher morale and student learning (Ramsey 2000, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2000), students in some schools may not be getting the best possible value from teachers affected by low morale. Participants in the Mackenzie (2004) study agreed that morale was generally lower than in previous times, although many suggested that morale was positive in their own schools. This suggests that morale may be more complex than has been previously understood, with three levels of morale operating concurrently for teachers, a concept which is explored in this paper.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Morale, Excellence in Education, Job Satisfaction, Work Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Performance Technology, Industrial Psychology, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Research, Academic Achievement, Schematic Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia