Exploring Teacher Job Satisfaction in Rural China: Prevalence and Correlates

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Mar 16;19(6):3537. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19063537.


Extant research continues to establish the importance of teacher job satisfaction to student performance, yet teacher job satisfaction remains under-investigated in rural China. In this paper, we examine the prevalence and correlates of teacher job satisfaction. Using data from 634 teachers across 120 schools in rural China, we find an alarmingly high prevalence of teacher job dissatisfaction: roughly 21% of rural teachers were less than satisfied with their jobs. In addition, we find that several individual- and school-level characteristics, including being a male teacher, being a homeroom teacher, not having a management role in school, being a middle-aged teacher, and a school's boarding status, are correlated with teacher job dissatisfaction. In sum, the results demonstrate a need for further research and policy interventions to improve teacher job satisfaction in rural schools.

Keywords: education; rural China; teacher job satisfaction.

MeSH terms

  • China / epidemiology
  • Educational Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • School Teachers
  • Schools