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

  • TS Mwamwenda University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X03, Ashwood 3605, South Africa

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
Published
2004-08-30
Section
Articles

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