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TitleAcademic job satisfaction and motivation : findings from a nationwide study in Portuguese higher education
Author(s)Taylor, Maria de Lourdes Machado
Soares, Virgilio Meira
Brites, Rui
Ferreira, Jose Brites
Farhangmehr, Minoo
Gouveia, Odília Maria Rocha
Peterson, Marvin
KeywordsJob satisfaction
Academic staff
Higher education
Portuguese higher education
Issue date2016
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalStudies in Higher Education
CitationMachado-Taylor, M. d. L., Soares, V. M., Brites, R., Brites Ferreira, J., Farhangmehr, M., Rocha Gouveia, O. M., & Peterson, M. (2016). Academic job satisfaction and motivation: findings from a nationwide study in Portuguese higher education. Studies in Higher Education, 41(3), 541-559. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2014.942265
Abstract(s)Academic staff is a key resource in higher education institutions (HEIs) and therefore has a major role in the achievement of the objectives of these institutions. Satisfied and well-motivated academic staff can build a national and international reputation for themselves and their institutions. Moreover, the performance of academic staff impacts student learning. In this context, the study of academic staff job satisfaction and motivation to perform their professional activities becomes crucial, especially as higher education is traversed by multiple changes. The purpose of this paper is to present and analyze the findings of a nationwide study on satisfaction and motivation of academics. All academics working in Portuguese HEIs were invited to complete a survey online. The data obtained from 4529 academics were extensively analyzed and findings are presented here along with their implications for HEIs in Portugal.
DescriptionPublished online: 31 Jul 2014
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