Research on the Perception of the Meaning of Work Among Teachers in Remote Areas of Taiwan (75197)

Session Information:

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 15:45
Session: Poster
Room: Orion Hall
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Rural schools in Taiwan face challenges with teacher shortages, recruitment difficulties, and high turnover rates. Addressing teacher turnover and improving rural education's quality is a crucial issue. This study aims to explore teachers' perception of work meaning in rural education to reduce teacher turnover and enhance educational quality.
The study utilizes semi-structured interviews to investigate rural teachers' work meaning perception. Purposive sampling was employed to select seven teachers from rural schools in Taiwan. Their experiences and narratives regarding work significance in rural areas were collected. The study explores three dimensions of work meaning among rural teachers: positive meaning in work, meaning-making through work, and greater good motivations, and their impact on enthusiasm for education and job engagement.
The result of the study finds the following:
1. The perception of work meaning significantly affects teacher retention in rural schools.
2. Positive meaning in work, meaning-making through work, and greater good motivations among rural teachers positively influence enthusiasm for education and job engagement.
3. Unique experiences of teachers in rural service, along with close relationships with students, parents, and the local community, and a sense of local identity, strengthen teachers' sense of responsibility and work meaning perception. This, in turn, reinforces their job engagement and willingness to remain in rural placements.

Liu Yi-Chen, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Ms LIU YI-CHEN is a University Postgraduate Student at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in Taiwan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00