Date of Award

4-1983

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Department

Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Uldis Smidchens

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Munsterman

Third Advisor

Dr. Joanne Simon

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between teachers' perceptions of how well they are meeting their self-actualization needs and their perceptions of satisfaction with the teaching profession. The review of related literature led to the development of the main hypothesis: "There is a direct relationship between teachers' perceptions of how well they are meeting their self-actualization needs and their perceptions of satisfaction with the teaching profession." Eight subhypotheses were developed which dichotomized segments of the population according to gender, age, years of experience, and grade level taught. The relationship between perceptions of self-actualization and perceptions of satisfaction was tested separately for each subpopulation.

The sample consisted of 615 teachers from all grade levels. Subjects were randomly selected from the 22 school districts in Macomb County, located northeast of Detroit, Michigan. The instrument utilized for this study was an employee attitude survey developed by the Macomb Intermediate School District. The instrument contained indices measuring both the independent variable (perceptions of self-actualization), and the dependent variable (perceptions of satisfaction).

Using an alpha of .05, the Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient revealed a direct relationship between perceptions of self-actualization and perceptions of satisfaction for the entire population as well as each of the subpopulations mentioned above.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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