Date of Award

1996

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

School

School of Education

Program

Higher Education Administration PhD

First Advisor

Lyndon G. Furst

Second Advisor

Allen F. Stembridge

Third Advisor

Lawrence E. Turner, Jr.

Abstract

Problem. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America has evidenced concerns over young people losing their commitment to the church, to SDA schools, and even to Christianity. Given the important role teachers play in the formation of young people, the purpose of this study was to determine the degree of teachers' job satisfaction and its relationship to commitment and selected work conditions.

Method. The population for this study included 261 elementary- and secondary-school teachers employed by the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in 116 schools. A survey-research method was used to determine the degree of teachers' job satisfaction and its relationship to commitment and selected work conditions. The instrument was adapted from an earlier study on Catholic schools and was pilot tested to adjust it to the Adventist system. Statistical procedures used to analyze the data included Pearson (r) Product-Moment Correlation, Analysis of Variance, and Multiple Regression analysis.

Findings.

1. Teachers in the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists are generally satisfied with their work. They chose to work for the SDA Church because of their commitment to the church.

2. Commitment to the teaching profession was to be highly related to job satisfaction among male teachers, whereas, commitment to the church organization was highly related to job satisfaction among female teachers.

3. Personal significance was more highly related to teachers' job satisfaction than any other work condition factor, especially among female teachers. Male teachers considered adult social interaction more important for their job satisfaction.

4. Faith dimension was the most important work condition factor related to commitment to the church organization, whereas personal significance was related to commitment to the teaching profession.

Subject Area

Teachers--Job satisfaction, Seventh-day Adventist teachers.

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