Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Exploring Teacher Satisfaction in Physical Education Using the Ecological Momentary Assessment Method. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Exploring Teacher Satisfaction in Physical Education Using the Ecological Momentary Assessment Method. (Pedagogy)

Article excerpt

Teacher satisfaction, or the evaluative judgment one makes about one's job, has been traditionally assessed in the education literature at the global level (i.e., "How do you feel about your job overall?") or more discrete faceted level (i.e., pay, supervision, or staff collegiality). Such literature seems to suggest that teacher satisfaction is a predictor of teacher commitment, motivation, and retention (Shann, 1998). However, the most current trend among organizational behavior researchers has been to study the psychological states and associated behaviors of employees over time (Weiss, Nicholas, & Daus, 1999). Hence, the purpose of the present study was to explore the satisfaction levels and corresponding behaviors of physical educators using the novel method of Ecological Momentary Assessment. Three middle school physical educators with similar teaching experiences (i.e., 20-25 years) and from the same school were asked to chart their perceived satisfaction level throughout a predetermined day. Additionally, participants explained the specific triggers to which resulted in the notable variances of their graphed satisfaction levels. Interviews concluded with descriptions of the subsequent behaviors related to their momentary satisfaction level. Results indicated that physical education teacher satisfaction levels tracked over a course of a day tend to be more unstable than stable. …

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