Sources of teacher job satisfaction and dissatisfaction in Cyprus

Michalinos Zembylas, Elena Papanastasiou

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This paper aims to contribute to the limited literature on teacher job satisfaction in developing countries, especially in Cyprus. Drawing on interviews with 52 teachers and administrators in 17 schools, the paper describes the sources of job satisfaction and dissatisfaction of Cypriot teachers and the impact on how teachers feel. Teachers emphasised their satisfaction with interactions with students, relationships held with colleagues and opportunities to contribute to the growth of individuals and the development of society. Sources of dissatisfaction were social problems and their impact on teachers' work, students' lack of interest and bad behaviour, the centralised educational system and the lack of professional autonomy in schools, and teacher evaluation and promotion prospects. Some of the factors are predictable but others are less so, having to do with the particular historical and social context in Cyprus. The context of a developing country is especially considered in an effort to explore how education officials may address issues of teacher satisfaction and dissatisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-247
Number of pages19
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006


  • Cyprus
  • Developing countries
  • Empowerment
  • Teacher job satisfaction


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