Teacher perceptions of the effect of administrative practices on teacher morale in Newfoundland and Labrador schools

Delaney, Jerome G. (1991) Teacher perceptions of the effect of administrative practices on teacher morale in Newfoundland and Labrador schools. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This study investigated teachers' perceptions of the effect of administrative practices on teacher morale in Newfoundland and Labrador schools. A questionnaire consisting of 6 sections was developed and mailed out to a random sample of 500 teachers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. -- Information obtained from this questionnaire allowed the researcher to answer the following research questions: -- 1. Of the various factors identified in the literature as affecting teacher morale, how do teachers rank these factors in order of importance? -- 2. To what extent do teacher perceptions of the personality and the human relations practices of the school administrator affect teacher morale? -- 3. To what extent do teacher perceptions of the policies of the school administrator such as those dealing with communication, student discipline, decision-making, teacher evaluation, teacher supervision and conducting faculty meetings affect teacher morale? -- 4. To what extent do teacher perceptions of the professional competency of the school administrator affect teacher morale? -- 5. To what extent are administrative practices identified in the literature as affecting teacher morale occurring in Newfoundland and Labrador schools? -- 6. How do teachers rate their own individual levels of morale? -- 7. How have teachers' perceptions of whether or not these administrative practices are occurring in their schools affected their morale? -- 8. Do the demographic factors of sex, years of teaching experience and the grade level a teacher is working at (primary, elementary, junior high, senior high) significantly influence teacher morale? -- 9. Are there any administrative practices not cited in the study instrument which are perceived by teachers as having an affect on teacher morale in Newfoundland and Labrador schools? -- Statistical procedures utilized in the study included an internal-consistency method known as the Alpha Reliability Coefficient to determine instrument reliability. One-way analysis of variance along with the Student-Newman-Keuls Procedure was utilized to study the effect of various teacher perceptions on teacher morale. -- The study revealed that teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador place considerable emphasis on various factors affecting teacher morale most notable of which were security, working conditions and administrative practices. Their perceptions of the importance of administrative practices and the extent to which they perceived these practices to be occurring in schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador were found to significantly affect their morale.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5145
Item ID: 5145
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 76-79.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1991
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Teacher morale; Teachers--Job stress; Teacher-principal relationships

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