The association between change styles and job satisfaction among teachers working in international schools

Davis, Marie E. (2009) The association between change styles and job satisfaction among teachers working in international schools. [Thesis (PhD/Research)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

[Abstract]This research was conducted among the population of teachers working in international schools around the world, focusing on change, job satisfaction and the transition process. Change style is believed to be an innate aspect of personality, which influences the preferences, attitudes and emotions surrounding change (Musselwhite,2004). Although these change style preferences are manageable and fluid within our lives, knowledge of them can assist in greater self-awareness and professional satisfaction. The purpose of the study was twofold. First, it aimed to determine if an association exists between an individual’s change style and job satisfaction. Secondly, it aimed to provide a more comprehensive understanding of cultural, technical and political factors connected with professional satisfaction and the relocation process. The research was guided by an interpretivist lens. An exploratory case study was conducted, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Quantitative data collection included a psychometric assessment tool on change styles and a survey questionnaire, completed by 204 respondents. The qualitative element consisted of semi-structured interviews with seven volunteers, identified from the quantitative data set. Communication with participants was conducted through the Internet so as to reach a globally diverse sample of teachers. Qualitative responses were separated by themes, which in turn were refined into broader categories, leading to systematic interpretations of change styles among this specific group of international teachers. Quantitative data provided descriptive statistics with which to compare qualitative interpretations. Quantitative and qualitative data were compared and contrasted throughout, leading to greater credibility and applicability of the study. The research contributed to existing knowledge in three ways. Methodologically, it demonstrated the value of using mixed data sets in interpretive inquiry. Theoretically, it added to the existing research into and application of change styles. Empirically, it offered understanding and interpretations of international school employees as they experience the relocation process and job satisfaction. Generally, the research contributes to a broader understanding of international school teachers which could enhance professional development opportunities and self-awareness and thereby promote increased levels of job satisfaction.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Education (EdD) thesis
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 04:40
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: teachers; international schools; styles; job; satisfaction
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6188

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