Influences of workplace conditions on teachers' job satisfaction

Xin Ma, Robert B. MacMillan

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Teacher data (N = 2, 202) from the New Brunswick Elementary School Study was used to examine how teacher professional satisfaction is related to background characteristics and workplace conditions measured through teaching competence, administration control, and organizational culture. Results show that female teachers were more satisfied with their professional role as a teacher than were their male counterparts. Teachers who stayed in the profession longer were less satisfied with their professional role. Workplace conditions positively affected teacher satisfaction; administration control was the most important, followed by teaching competence and organizational culture. Significant interactions between teacher background characteristics and workplace conditions occurred. The gender gap in professional satisfaction grew with increased teaching competence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Educational Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

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  • Education


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