Teachers are fundamental to the development of a knowledge society. In the Hong Kong context, teachers are facing a lot of challenges due to heavy workload, job stress, and the recent downsizing of schools. It is especially important to examine teacher commitment and explore the psychological factors associated with teachers’ decision to stay in their profession. Therefore, the aim of this research is to explore the nature of teacher commitment, factors that influence it, and its impact on important outcomes such as psychological well-being, job satisfaction, and intention to remain in the profession. Practicing educators at various career levels in primary and secondary schools will be invited to contribute to this study.
This study has important theoretical and practical contributions. In terms of theoretical significance, this will be the first large-scale attempt to map the nature of teacher commitments and the range of teacher motivations and attributes related to commitment. From a practical perspective, this study will help give policy-makers and practitioners empirically-sound recommendations to help Hong Kong build a strong teaching force in the midst of the many challenges facing the teaching profession.
All primary and secondary school teachers are invited to take part in this online survey. Please click here to start now.