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Brief Report

Teachers' work as appreciated by pupils, parents, department heads and principals

TS Mwamwenda

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to
which teachers feel their work is appreciated by pupils, parents, department
heads and principals. The sample was made up of 123 teachers (68 women and 55
men) drawn from thirty randomly selected schools from the Eastern Cape Province
in South Africa. The teachers' age ranged from 22 years to 59 years with a mean
age of 32.5 years and a standard deviation of 6.7 years. Their teaching
experience ranged from 1–27 years with a mean of 7.3 years and a standard
deviation of 6.2 years. The teachers believed that their work was appreciated
by pupils, parents, department heads and principals. Being appreciated for what
one does contributes to job satisfaction which in turn leads to a high level of
job productivity and retention.

Journal of Psychology in Africa
2004, 14(1): 79–82



http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jpa.v14i1.30612
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