Themes association with teacher motivation

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Mayo, Sara L.
Teacher motivation themes were investigated using a mixed-method exploratory approach. An online survey instrument was used to collect data from participating volunteer teachers. Thirty-one participants completed the survey, providing both quantitative and qualitative data. A literature review examined relevant, current research on teacher motivation themes and strategies to influence change in motivation. A survey was then generated and distributed. The survey asked about teachers’ background and self-selected themes of positive motivation. A narrative style questionnaire followed the quantitative survey. Data were then analyzed to discover the most significant themes of motivation as perceived from the self-selected motivators and the teacher-reported motivation. The top five motivators identified were student relationships, colleague relationships, sense of achievement, school and education policies, and academic freedom.
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