Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
Robert E. Bosselman
This study investigated the overall job satisfaction of urban family and consumer sciences teachers in Texas using a quantitative approach. The Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (short form) was used via a web-based survey through Iowa State University. The review of literature yielded an alarming deficit in satisfaction studies of family and consumer sciences teachers.
The data analysis indicated urban FCS teachers in Texas were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with their overall level of job satisfaction. Their intrinsic job satisfaction (i.e. security, variety, independence, recognition, moral values, social service, authority, abilities and creativity) was higher, yielding a satisfactory level. Extrinsic job satisfaction factors (i.e. supervisor competency, company policy and practices, compensation, and advancement) yielded neither satisfied nor dissatisfied level of job satisfaction. Findings demonstrated that their level of the job satisfaction did not significantly vary in relation to the six demographic variables.
This study concluded there was a large percentage of urban FCS teachers over the age of 46 years and the increasing number of teacher retirements brings to the forefront the FCS teacher shortage in Texas' urban schools. It is crucial that we understand satisfaction levels as they pertain to all age groups of teachers, but especially to the younger teachers. Uncovering the factors that provide the most amount of satisfaction may lead to others choosing FCS as a teaching career, including high school students in FCS classes. Urban FCS teachers have the opportunity to grow the profession from the inner city, and influence students to choose a career that is interesting, expansive, and provides knowledge for the greater good of families and communities
Maureen Lynea Tucker
Tucker, Maureen Lynea, "Are they satisfied?: a study of urban secondary Family and Consumer Sciences teachers" (2009). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 11232.