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A study on Malaysian teachers

Rahman, Shukran Abd (1999) A study on Malaysian teachers. Professional Doctorate thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the source of commitment for teachers in Malaysia. This research is taken up by the researcher as an expansion of the previous research which has found that extrinsic reward is not an important determinant of teachers' degree of commitment in Malaysia. In this research, three hypotheses are tested and it is found that locus of control is not an important determinant of teachers' degree of work commitment. The second hypothesis is partly accepted when the study finds that internal teachers experience high intrinsic reward. However, the study cannot establish whether internal teachers experience a higher degree of intrinsic reward than external teachers experience. The third hypothesis, which states that intrinsic reward develops teacher commitment more than extrinsic reward does, is also partly accepted. The study finds that intrinsic reward develops teacher commitment but it cannot establish whether intrinsic reward plays more role in developing teacher commitment than extrinsic reward does. Indeed, this study has found that intrinsic reward is an important determinant of teachers' degree of commitment in Malaysia. Besides that, the research also looks into the source of organizational and occupational commitment and finds that the sources comprise teachers' personal factors and their school organizational factors.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Murdoch Affiliation: Division of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education
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Supervisor(s): Main, Alex
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/51399
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