Ed.D. Dissertations

Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2017

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

College

College of Education

Department

Education

Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.

Faculty Chair

Connie Greiner, Ed.D.

Content Specialist

Catherine Gniewek, Ed.D.

Content Reader

John Yoder, Ph.D.

Keywords

Teacher morale, international school, International SchoolTeachers, China, Turnover, Sense of mission, Support to teachers, Sense of community, Teacher benefits

Abstract

The purpose of this descriptive case study was to examine factors related to teacher morale in an international school in China. This study was guided by the constructivist framework and by four research questions: 1) What factors are related to teacher morale In the selected international school in China? 2) What are the challenges related to teacher morale in the selected international school in China? 3) How does teacher turnover contribute to teacher morale in the selected international school in China? 4) What is the particular environment that shapes teacher morale in the selected international school in China? Seventeen participants volunteered for the interview at the study site and they were all overseas-hired foreign staff members, who worked full time at the school. Twelve questions on the factors related to teacher morale guided the interview. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and coded for themes. The results of the study revealed there were both positive and negative factors related to teacher morale at the school. The negative factors included lack of recognition for extra duties, personality of a leader and leadership transition, while positive factors included providing support to the new teachers (Examples: language lessons and cultural orientation), good benefits, having a strong sense of mission, a sense of community, and opportunities for professional growth. The findings from the study could prove to be useful for administrators who wish to create an environment conducive to maintaining positive teacher morale.

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