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Improving Professional Development: A Mixed Methods Study of Teacher Motivation Through Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors
by O'Keeffe-Foley, Joan, Ed.D., Manhattanville College, 2020, 252; 27540180
Abstract (Summary)

Research has suggested PD as a way of enhancing teacher instruction. Although research has shown that many factors improve its effectiveness, the role of teacher motivation has not been thoroughly assessed. If PD is to have its intended impact, then school leaders need to address it when planning. Using Herzberg’s (1959) two-factor theory, this study set out to determine which factors, intrinsic and extrinsic, increased teacher engagement and disengagement, respectively, and how well school leaders address them. The findings showed the following for the role of intrinsic factors: (a) professional growth and the PD work itself including relevance to the classroom, presentation quality/presenter credibility, collaboration with colleagues, and choice are highly significant and school leaders are mostly planning for them; (b) autonomy over their own PD work is highly significant although school leaders are not planning explicitly for it; (c) recognition is significant although school leaders are not planning explicitly for it; and (d) although important, PD achievement is not the greatest motivator nor are school leaders effectively planning for it. The findings showed the following for the role of the extrinsic factors in teachers’ disengagement during PD: (a) lack of organization and management including work already known/repetitive work and work that is irrelevant to the classroom—an intrinsic factor—are dominant; however, school leaders are mostly attending to these;

(b) poor working conditions including poor timing/too long, other work demands, and tired are significant; however, the findings were inconclusive for how school leaders were attending to them; (c) disruption to personal life, inadequate physical space, negative relationships with supervisors, negative relationships with colleagues, and lack of compensation are not as significant; however, although some improvements need to be made, school leaders are attending to them; and (d) although school leaders are attending to it, lack of security was ruled out as significant.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mitchell, Kenneth
Commitee: Wan, Yiping, Marien, Joanne
School: Manhattanville College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Teacher education
Keywords: Bolman and Deal, Extrinsic motivation, Herzberg's two-factor theory, Intrinsic motivation, Professional development, Teacher motivation
Publication Number: 27540180
ISBN: 9781687992123
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