Teacher Commitment and Motivation: Have they Diminished?

By Sharifah Md Nor, Samsilah Roslan and Rahil Mahyuddin.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper discusses findings of a study investigating the changes in psychosocial profiles of secondary school teachers in Selangor. The study involved 304 teachers from 16 secondary schools in Selangor. Data were collected through questionnaires consisting of items measuring changes in teachers’ commitment, motivation and burnout levels. Frequencies, t-test and correlations were the main statistical tools employed. The findings revealed that generally there are significant changes in the current teachers’ commitment and motivation compared to their commitment and motivation in the past. There are negative changes in teachers’ motivation and commitment and an increase in teachers’ burnout levels. Teachers attribute the negative changes mainly to the increase in work load, and the positive changes to their personal development. The findings suggest that there is much to be done to increase teachers’ commitment and motivation and to reduce teachers’ burnout. It is highlighted that teachers’ work load is the main factor that needs improvement.

Keywords: Psychosocial Change

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 10, pp.103-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.274MB).

Dr. Sharifah Md Nor

Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Samsilah Roslan

University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Rahil Mahyuddin

Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


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