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UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST

FACTORS AFFECTING JOB SATISFACTION AND TEACHER MORALE
IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE DANGBE WEST DISTRICT OF THE
GREATER ACCRA REGION

VICTORIA YEBOAH

2011
 
 

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST

FACTORS AFFECTING JOB SATISFACTION AND TEACHER MORALE
IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE DANGBE WEST DISTRICT OF THE
GREATER ACCRA REGION

BY

VICTORIA YEBOAH

Dissertation Submitted to the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration of the Faculty of Education, University of Cape Coast, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for award of Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration

JUNE, 2011
 
 

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST

FACTORS AFFECTING JOB SATISFACTION
AND TEACHER MORALE IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE
DANGBE WEST DISTRICT IN THE GREATER ACCRA REGION

VICTORIA YEBOAH

2011
 

DECLARATION

Candidate’s Declaration
I hereby declare that this dissertation is the result of my own original research and that no part of it has been presented for another degree in this university or elsewhere.

Candidate’s Signature………………………………….. Date:…………………… Name: Victoria Yeboah

Supervisor’s Declaration
I hereby declare that the preparation and presentation of the dissertation were supervised in accordance with the guidelines on supervision of dissertation work laid down by the University of Cape Coast.

Supervisor’s Signature……………………………….. Date:……..…………… Name: Dr. Rosemary Bosu

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ABSTRACT
The study investigated job satisfaction and teacher morale in Senior High Schools in the Dangbe West District Dodowa. It covered factors that affect teacher job satisfaction and morale; views of teachers about the attitude and behaviours of heads and teachers; perceptions of teachers about how the public view the teaching profession; and ways of improving teacher job satisfaction and morale.

A total of 92 teachers in three (3) Senior High Schools in the District were randomly selected for the study. The descriptive survey research design was employed. A set of questionnaires with reliability coefficient of 0.769, using Cronbach’s Alpha formula after pilot testing, was used. Findings from the study revealed that the major factors which affect teacher job satisfaction and morale were that: teachers receive lower salaries than their colleagues with same qualification in other professions; fellow workers are friendly and pleasant; opportunities for promotions and the fact that co-curricular activities are rewarding.

Also, the teachers are of the view that heads adoption of participatory management styles and good performance of students give them satisfaction and high morale. It is revealed from the study also that community respect for teachers is low. It is recommended that teachers should be given professional allowances, and their conditions of service should be improved.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The completion of this dissertation would not have been possible without the unflinching support and encouragement of many special people to whom I extend my sincerest gratitude.
I wish to express my deepest appreciation to my supervisor and lecturer, Dr. Rosemary Bosu of Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA), University of Cape Coast, for all the time she spent reading through my script and also for the necessary commitments and suggestions she offered me with friendly gesture. She was always there to offer me proper advice and direction. Her constructive criticisms and understanding have been very much appreciated. I shall forever remain grateful to her for her dedication. Other lecturers and individuals who have been specifically very helpful to me are not left out. They showed special interest in my research and thereby, gave me the necessary information and help I needed from their outfit. Among them are: Dr. Y.A. Ankomah of IEPA, UCC; Mr. Emmanuel K. Aboagye, Dodowa; Director of Education, GES, Dodowa; Mr. Oklu, GES, Dodowa; Ms....
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