Educational Research Journal

Job Satisfaction of Hong Kong's Part-time English Language Teachers

2001.第16卷第2期(Vol. 16 No. 2).pp. 257–271

Job Satisfaction of Hong Kong’s Part-time English Language Teachers

Joe Wai-Kin CHING


A modified version of the Job Descriptive Index (JDI) questionnaire was administered to a sample of 802 part-time English language teachers of six institutions to assess their job satisfaction with respect to their work, pay, opportunities for promotion, supervision, and colleagues. A total of 264 questionnaires were returned, representing a response rate of 33%. The second part is the qualitative study in which 30 part-time teachers out of 264 respondents (11.4%) were selected by random sampling and interviewed to provide in-depth understanding of their experiences and development over the period. Consistent with most research findings, it was found that small to moderate correlations were observed between the facets of job satisfaction and 12 selected demographic variables. Results of the study supported the importance and need for increasing the supply of English language teachers. Institutions should provide more opportunities for transfer to full-time posts and promotions among teachers by refining the career ladder. Recommendations for increasing the job satisfaction of the Hong Kong part-time English language teachers are proposed.

Keywords: professional and continuing education; job satisfaction; English language teachers