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Title: Class teacher attrition : an investigation of self-reported job satisfaction and commitment amongst teachers on St. Helena island
Author: Essex, Corinda Sebastiana Stuart
ISNI:       0000 0001 3449 4203
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2000
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This study investigated levels of job satisfaction and commitment reported by the population of class teachers on St. Helena Island (N = 76), and was set in the context of burgeoning turnover that threatens local educational provision. It explored possible determinants, correlates and implications of these constructs and their interrelationship, drawing comparisons with findings from other cultural environments. The investigation aimed to obtain high quality data that could inform policy decisions designed to reduce attrition, and to test established theories relating to job satisfaction and commitment within a small, developing state setting. A model of possible influences upon the constructs in question and their effect upon career decisions was developed. A three-phase research design was used, involving both qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection. A purpose-built survey instrument, containing both scale and open-ended items, was constructed and administered. Non-participant observations and interviews were also undertaken. The findings reveal that although most St. Helenian class teachers were moderately satisfied with their jobs and committed to these, all found certain aspects of their role dissatisfying, and a quarter (N = 19) wished to cease teaching. Job satisfaction and commitment were found to possess a weak, positive relationship. Significant differences existed between responses of class teachers within different school sectors, and of those having disparate lengths of teaching experience. These appeared influenced by contextual and personal demographic factors. Similarities between challenges and constraints facing local class teachers and those in both developed, and other developing, states emerged strongly. Emanating from the results, recommendations for changes at strategic and operational levels that may reduce class teacher attrition were formulated, and areas for further research identified. The investigation, thus, sheds light upon the job satisfaction and commitment of St. Helenian class teachers and contributes to international literature pertaining to the theoretical aspects of these constructs
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Labour studies