Examining Teacher Job Satisfaction and Principals’ Instructional Supervision Behaviours: A Comparative Study of Turkish Private and Public School Teachers

Authors

  • Hilmi Sungu Bozok University
  • Abdurrahman Ilgan
  • Oksana Parylo KU Leuven - University of Leuven
  • Mustafa Erdem Yuzuncu Yil University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11575/ajer.v60i1.55780

Keywords:

teachers, job satisfaction, instructional supervision behaviours, public/private schools, Turkey, enseignants, satisfaction au travail, comportements relatifs à la supervision professionnelle, écoles privées/publiques, Turquie

Abstract

In spite of a strong body of research examining teacher job satisfaction and teachers’ assessment of their principals’ behaviours, most studies focus on the educational systems in the first world countries. This quantitative study focuses on a lesser-examined educational context by comparing school teachers’ job satisfaction levels and principals’ instructional supervision behaviours in Turkish private and public schools. The results suggest that for all examined demographical characteristics of participating teachers (e.g., gender, school level, subject matter, and years of teaching); private school teachers had higher levels of job satisfaction and assessed their principals’ instructional supervision behaviours higher than did public school teachers. These findings suggest there are more favourable working conditions in Turkish private schools than in public schools and support research trends on the topic of teacher job satisfaction from other countries. 

L’important corpus de recherche qui porte sur la satisfaction au travail des enseignants et leurs évaluations du comportement des directeurs a surtout étudié les systèmes d’éducation dans les pays du premier monde. Cette étude quantitative se situe dans un contexte éducatif moins étudié et compare les niveaux de satisfaction au travail des enseignants et le comportement des directeurs relatif à la supervision professionnelle dans des écoles privées et publiques en Turquie. Les résultats indiquent que pour toutes les caractéristiques démographiques étudiées (par ex. sexe, niveau scolaire, matière, nombre d’années d’enseignement), les enseignants dans les écoles privées ressentent plus de satisfaction au travail et estiment davantage le comportement de leurs directeurs relatif à la supervision professionnelle que les enseignants dans les écoles publiques. Ces résultats portent à croire qu’en Turquie, les conditions de travail dans les écoles privées sont plus favorables que celles dans les écoles publiques, ce qui s’inscrit dans les tendances en recherche portant sur la satisfaction au travail des enseignants dans d’autres pays.


Author Biographies

Hilmi Sungu, Bozok University

Hilmi Sungu, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Bozok University College of Education, Turkey. His research interests include educational administration, educational supervision and higher education policies. Dr. Sungu authored some chapters in edited books. Besides, he has international and national refereed articles. He can be reached via hilmisungu@hotmail.com

Abdurrahman Ilgan

Abdurrahman Ilgan, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Duzce University College of Education, Turkey. His research interests include educational administration, instructional supervision, teacher professional development, instructional leadership, research methods in education, and educational statistics. Dr. Ilgan published a book about professional development of teachers and authored some chapters in edited books. He has international and national refereed articles. He can be reached via abdurrahmanilgan@gmail.com

Oksana Parylo, KU Leuven - University of Leuven

Oksana Parylo received her PhD in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia, USA. In 2013-2014, Dr. Parylo was a research associate in the Methodology of Educational Sciences Research Group at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Parylo’s current research interests include preparation, professional development, and evaluation of teachers and leaders and qualitative and mixed methodologies. She can be contacted via oksana.parylo@gmail.com

Mustafa Erdem, Yuzuncu Yil University

Mustafa Erdem, EdD, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi in Van, Turkey. His research focuses on the quality of work life, school development, educational management and school management. He received his EdD in Administration and Policy from the Ankara Üniversitesi, Turkey. His research publication can be accessed at http://www.yyu.edu.tr. He can be contacted via merdem50@gmail.com

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2014-12-18

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