School and District Leadership and the Job Satisfaction of Novice Teachers
Becht, Kori Alice. “School and District Leadership and the Job Satisfaction of Novice Teachers”. EdD, Boston College, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/2345/bc-ir:106712.
This qualitative case study examined the perceptions of novice teachers and central office leaders in one Massachusetts school district about the job satisfaction of novice teachers. Data was gathered from interviews with school and district leaders and novice teachers as well as through the analysis of district documents in order to identify central office practices that contributed to novice teachers’ job satisfaction. The findings indicated a strong connection to the district’s mentoring practices and novice teachers’ job satisfaction. However, while central office leaders also cited the positive role of the induction program, novice teachers did not perceive it provided a high level of support. Recommendations are made for central office leaders to establish greater organizational clarity and to differentiate the induction program to better meet the varying needs of novice teachers.