Teacher satisfaction in Abu Dhabi public schools: What the numbers did not say

Ali Ibrahim, Shaikah Al-Taneiji

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Abstract

This study bridges a gap in qualitative research on teacher satisfaction in the United Arab Emirates. In line with the two-factor theory, we found that maintenance factors, such as perception of job insecurity, stagnant salaries and perceived heavy teaching loads, had more prominence in explaining teacher dissatisfaction. Motivational factors such as enjoyment of teaching, professional growth, and gratifying feelings derived from working with students were less likely to increase satisfaction if maintenance factors were not fulfilled. The study recommends that policymakers revisit salary structures, ensure transparency regarding termination procedures, and take measures to provide fair workloads for all teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-122
Number of pages17
JournalIssues in Educational Research
Volume29
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 19 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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