Challenges for using Organizational Climate Tools for measuring Teacher Job Satisfaction

Mohd Faiz Mohd Yaakob


The organizational environment includes not only the landscape of a school, but also the components of school learning resources, student relations, communication-collaboration, decision-making and instructional innovation. According to the Ministry of Education, many schools do not have the new facilities needed for successful teaching and learning to meet the potential needs of the workforce. The 2013-2025 Malaysia Development Education Plan Roadmap study shows that some 2,700 schools do not have computer labs and 2,000 schools do not have science labs (Ministry of Education, 2013). Further investigation is still needed as to how these elements make teachers enjoy a working environment, particularly in Kedah, Malaysia. It would also help the State Department of Education to address unresolved school issues. The aim of this research is to examine primary school teachers 'understanding of their teacher satisfaction and organizational environment. The approach used in this analysis is a mix-method consisting of a survey (quantitative approach) and a semi-structured interview (qualitative approach). The Johnsons, Stevens, and Zorch’s (2007) School Level Environment Questionnaires (SLEQ) tools were used to measure the organizational environment. While Lester's (1982) Teacher Job Satisfaction Questionnaires (TJSQ) was employed to assess the satisfaction of teachers at work. A sample of 220 teachers in 23 primary schools in Alor Janggus, Kedah participated in this study. On the other hand, a total of twenty teachers were interviewed to identify factors that would lead to teacher satisfaction at work and an organizational environment. The content analysis was used to identify the themes that emerged from the semi-structure interview. The themes emerged from the semi-structure interviews are student relationships, decision-making, school infrastructure, teamwork and educational creativity.  Suggestions for future research are discussed in more detail.


Organizational Climate, Teacher job Satisfaction, Primary School Teachers and School Learning Resources.


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