Academy of Educational Leadership Journal (Print ISSN: 1095-6328; Online ISSN: 1528-2643)


Factors Influencing the Job Involvement of Teachers: A Comparison of Japan and Taiwan

Author(s): Jao-Nan Cheng, Yi-Gean Chen, Satoshi Shiramatsu & Satoshi Shiramatsu

This study investigated factors affecting job involvement among teachers in Taiwan and Japan. Influences at a personal level (occupational commitment, workplace spirituality) and an organisation level (moral leadership by the principal, school culture) on teacher job involvement were analysed. A stratified sample of 2135 teachers in Taiwan and 273 teachers in Japan was analysed using ANOVA, Regression Analysis, and SEM. Occupational commitment, workplace spirituality, and job involvement among Japanese teachers exhibited no differences regardless of teacher training channel, gender, or experience, demonstrating stability. The workplace spirituality and job involvement of teachers in Taiwan exhibited differences according to teaching experience, with a V-shaped, “high-low-high” curve. Workplace spirituality and teaching commitment were major factors affecting teacher job involvement in both countries. Furthermore, moral leadership by principals in Japan exhibited influential effects, whereas in Taiwan, school culture was most influential. The results highlight differences and similarities in teacher job involvement in both countries.

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