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Job satisfaction among school teachers in Cyprus

Michalinos Zembylas (Intercollege, Nicosia, Cyprus and Michigan State University, Michigan, USA)
Elena Papanastasiou (Department of Education, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



Recent national and international studies carried out in a number of countries have drawn attention to the degree of job satisfaction among teachers. In general, it has been found that context seems to be the most powerful predictor of overall satisfaction. However, given that most of the international studies on teacher satisfaction have been conducted in developed countries, one realizes the need in the available literature for similar research in developing countries as well. This paper examines job satisfaction and motivation among teachers in Cyprus – a small developing country in the Eastern Mediterranean. An adapted version of the questionnaire developed by the “Teacher 2000 Project” was translated into Greek and used for the purposes of this study that had a sample of 461 K‐12 teachers and administrators. The findings showed that, unlike other countries in which this questionnaire was used, Cypriot teachers chose this career because of the salary, the hours, and the holidays associated with this profession. The study analyzes how these motives influence the level of satisfaction held by the Cypriot teachers.



Zembylas, M. and Papanastasiou, E. (2004), "Job satisfaction among school teachers in Cyprus", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 357-374.



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