Teacher satisfaction refers to the pleasure, contentment, or sense of fulfillment one has for a job based on personal expectations or needs. A satisfied teacher is one who is comfortable with both employment in and the direction of the school in which he or she works. Several fields, including psychology, sociology, and business, have informed the research on the satisfaction of teachers. This entry examines satisfaction as a concept, discusses the various factors associated with satisfaction, and considers teacher satisfaction under the current standards and accountability policy context and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Satisfaction as a Concept

To understand teacher satisfaction, one must wrestle with satisfaction with what. In other words, is the teacher satisfied with his or her career choice, with the ...

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