What Matters in Novice Teachers’ Job Satisfaction? A Comparison of Estonia and Sri Lanka

By Merilyn Meristo, Samuel Mathews and Erika Löfström.

Published by The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning

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This study attempts to identify the factors that predict novice teachers’ job satisfaction. Along with its related factors, job satisfaction is important because many novice teachers experience difficulties that cause a decline in job satisfaction and many leave the profession at an early stage. A comparative study was carried out in two socio-culturally different countries, Estonia and Sri Lanka. The sample included 44 Estonian novice teachers and 30 Sri Lankan novice teachers. The findings indicate that a sense of community is the most powerful predictor of novice teachers’ job satisfaction for both groups. Novice teachers’ intrinsic motivation is independent of job satisfaction and self-efficacy.

Keywords: Novice Teachers, Job Satisfaction, Sense of Community, Self-efficacy, Intrinsic Motivation

The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, Volume 23, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 29, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 590.282KB)).

Merilyn Meristo

Lecturer, Educational Sciences, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia

Prof. Samuel Mathews

Associate Professor, School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, USA

Prof. Erika Löfström

Academy Research Fellow, Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland