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Exploring Teacher Job Satisfaction in Rural China: Prevalence and Correlates

Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions, Stanford University, 616 Serra Mall E501, Encina Hall, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(6), 3537; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063537
Received: 3 February 2022 / Revised: 2 March 2022 / Accepted: 14 March 2022 / Published: 16 March 2022
Extant research continues to establish the importance of teacher job satisfaction to student performance, yet teacher job satisfaction remains under-investigated in rural China. In this paper, we examine the prevalence and correlates of teacher job satisfaction. Using data from 634 teachers across 120 schools in rural China, we find an alarmingly high prevalence of teacher job dissatisfaction: roughly 21% of rural teachers were less than satisfied with their jobs. In addition, we find that several individual- and school-level characteristics, including being a male teacher, being a homeroom teacher, not having a management role in school, being a middle-aged teacher, and a school’s boarding status, are correlated with teacher job dissatisfaction. In sum, the results demonstrate a need for further research and policy interventions to improve teacher job satisfaction in rural schools. View Full-Text
Keywords: education; teacher job satisfaction; rural China education; teacher job satisfaction; rural China
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Wang, H.; Cousineau, C.; Wang, B.; Zeng, L.; Sun, A.; Kohrman, E.; Li, N.; Tok, E.; Boswell, M.; Rozelle, S. Exploring Teacher Job Satisfaction in Rural China: Prevalence and Correlates. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 3537. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063537

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Wang H, Cousineau C, Wang B, Zeng L, Sun A, Kohrman E, Li N, Tok E, Boswell M, Rozelle S. Exploring Teacher Job Satisfaction in Rural China: Prevalence and Correlates. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(6):3537. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063537

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Wang, Huan, Claire Cousineau, Bill Wang, Lucy Zeng, Andrew Sun, Ezra Kohrman, Nick Li, Esther Tok, Matthew Boswell, and Scott Rozelle. 2022. "Exploring Teacher Job Satisfaction in Rural China: Prevalence and Correlates" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 6: 3537. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063537

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