This research attempted to identify leading factors that determine the level of job satisfaction among teachers in three Missouri school districts and teachers' perceptions of methods to improve satisfaction. Research shows that experienced teachers generally perform better than new teachers, resulting in greater student learning and performance. Laczko-Kerr & Berliner (2002) believed that districts that provide job satisfaction for their teachers will be more successful in retaining these teachers. A survey instrument was sent to all faculty members of three school districts addressing their level of satisfaction on many levels of their job in order to provide insight into how satisfied they were in their current position. A follow-up interview was then conducted with three teachers chosen at random from each school district, asking the teachers how the district could improve the areas that scored lowest on the initial survey. Respondents indicated a great deal of satisfaction in most areas questioned, but there were seven identified areas that showed slightly more dissatisfaction than the other areas. The researcher could not determine if this was because the teachers were genuinely satisfied with their jobs or if they had concerns of how confidential their responses would be, even after they were assured of confidentiality. Additionally, there may have been other factors not accounted for by the researcher that may have impacted their responses. Responses to the interview questions as to how the district could improve areas receiving the lowest job satisfaction ratings indicated school districts should strive to maintain a professional climate and consider the morale of the staff, which is directly affected by the administration. Additionally, protecting plan time and collaboration time are areas school districts have the ability to alter and which may dramatically affect teacher job satisfaction.
|Commitee:||Vitale, Cindy, Zalis, Aaron|
|School:||Missouri Baptist University|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
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