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Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 143–152 | Cite as

Job Satisfaction Among Jordan’s Kindergarten Teachers: Effects of Workplace Conditions and Demographic Characteristics

  • Tagreed Fathi Abu TalebEmail author
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Abstract

The main objective of this study was to examine the job satisfaction levels of Jordanian kindergarten teachers in relation to work-related dimensions and socio-demographic variables. The sample consisted of 264 randomly selected teachers working in private kindergartens in Amman. To meet the study’s objectives, a two part questionnaire was developed soliciting information about (1) teachers’ age, marital status, and level of education, and (2) level of satisfaction with the physical environment, school relations, working conditions, children’s behavior, and parent participation. The findings of this study revealed that Jordan’s kindergarten teachers experience an overall average level of job satisfaction. While teachers were highly satisfied with their kindergarten classroom physical environments and their relationships within the school, teachers reported average satisfaction levels with their working conditions, children’s social behaviors, and parent participation. Significant relations were found between teachers’ personal-related dimensions and job satisfaction. Several recommendations are made including a call for regulating the working conditions in the kindergarten private sector in accordance with existing international policies that promote teachers’ job satisfaction.

Keywords

Job satisfaction Jordan Kindergarten teachers Work-related dimensions Socio-demographic variables 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of JordanKhalda, AmmanJordan

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