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Title: Teachers and teaching in Malta : some key issues
Authors: Bezzina, Christopher
Portelli, Viviana
Keywords: Education -- Malta
Teachers -- Malta
Teaching -- Malta
Teachers -- Job satisfaction -- Malta
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Bezzina, C., & Portelli, V. (2005). Teachers and teaching in Malta: some key issues. Journal of Maltese Educational Research, 3(2), 8-22.
Abstract: This paper presents the findings of a local study that investigated the motivation, job satisfaction, commitment and general health among 237 Maltese and Gozitan secondary school teachers. This research, which is part of an international study entitled Teacher 2000 Project, shows that our teachers are mostly extrinsically motivated, mainly attracted to teaching by the family commitment factor. A high percentage of teachers were found to be generally satisfied with their job. The most satisfying aspects of their work were when their students achieved success in some way, the ‘official’ working hours and when working with higher academic ability students. Teachers stated that they spend the highest amount of their professional time on face-to-face teaching. Altruism and family factors rather than personal and carreer-oriented factors, were the items the teachers felt mostly committed to. To a certain extent, the majority of the respondents did not have excessive stress symptoms, as it resulted, that the more satified teachers are with their job, the least likely are they to have any stress symptoms. Several significant main effects among demographic variables, when compared to the factors mentioned above resulted. These findings are interpreted in the light of current educational developments in Malta.
ISSN: 17269725
Appears in Collections:JMER, Volume 3, Issue 2
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