Job satisfaction around the academic world

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Author: Bentley, Peter James; Coates, Hamish; Dobson, Ian R.; Goedegebuure, Leo; Meek, V. Lynn

Abstract:

Higher education systems have changed all over the world, but not all have changed in the same ways. Although system growth and so-called massification have been worldwide themes, there have been system-specific changes as well. It is these changes that have an important impact on academic work and on the opinions of the staff that work in higher education. The academic profession has a key role to play in producing the next generations of knowledge workers, and this task will be more readily achieved by a contented academic workforce working within well-resourced teaching and research institutions. This volume tells the story of academics' opinions about the changes in their own countries. The Changing Academic Profession (CAP) survey has provided researchers and policy makers with the capacity to compare the academic profession around the world. Built around national analyses of the survey this book examines academics' opinions on a range of issues to do with their job satisfaction. Following an introduction that considers the job satisfaction literature as it relates to higher education, country-based chapters examine aspects of job satisfaction within each country.

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The chapters are as follows: Introduction: satisfaction around the world? / Peter James Bentley, Hamish Coates, Ian R. Dobson, Leo Goedegebuure, and V. Lynn Meek; Academic work at the periphery: why Argentine scholars are satisfied, despite all / Monica Marquina and Gabriel Rebello; Factors associated with job satisfaction amongst Australian university academics and future workforce implications / Peter James Bentley, Hamish Coates, Ian R. Dobson, Leo Goedegebuure, and V. Lynn Meek; Job satisfaction in a diverse institutional environment: the Brazilian experience / Elizabeth Balbachevsky and Simon Schwartzman; Canadian university academics' perceptions of job satisfaction: '... the future is not what it used to be' / Julian Weinrib, Glen A. Jones, Amy Scott Metcalfe, Donald Fisher, Yves Gingras, Kjell Rubenson, and Iain Snee; Finland: satisfaction guaranteed!: a tale of two systems / Timo Aarrevaara and Ian R. Dobson; Determinants of academic job satisfaction in Germany / Ester A. Hohle and Ulrich Teichler; Factors determining academics' job satisfaction in Japan from the perspective of role diversification / Akira Arimoto and Tsukasa Daizen; An academic life in Malaysia: a wonderful life or satisfaction not guaranteed? / Norzaini Azman, Morshidi Bin Sirat, and Mohd Ali Samsudin; Portugal: dimensions of academic job satisfaction / Diana Dias, Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor, Rui Santiago, Teresa Carvalho, and Sofia Sousa; The South African academic profession: job satisfaction for a besieged profession? / Charl C. Wolhuter; Satisfaction in stages: the academic profession in the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth / William Locke and Alice Bennion; Academic job satisfaction from an international comparative perspective: factors associated with satisfaction across 12 countries / Peter James Bentley, Hamish Coates, Ian R. Dobson, Leo Goedegebuure, and V. Lynn Meek.

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Higher education systems have changed all over the world, but not all have changed in the same ways. Although system growth and so-called massification have been worldwide themes, there have been system-specific changes as well. It is these changes that have an important impact on academic work and on the opinions of the staff that work in higher education. The academic profession has a key role to play in producing the next generations of knowledge workers, and this task will be more readily achieved by a contented academic workforce working within well-resourced teaching and research ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Providers of education and training; Higher education; Research; Governance

Keywords: Job satisfaction; Comparative analysis; Survey; Education and training system; Education and training reform; Perception; Teachers; Professors; Lecturers

Geographic subjects: Africa; South Africa; Asia; Japan; Malaysia; Europe; Finland; Germany; Great Britain; Portugal; North America; Canada; Oceania; Australia; South America; Argentina; Brazil

Published: Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2013

Physical description: xvi, 267 p.

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Series:
The changing academy: the changing academic profession in international comparative perspective; vol. 7

ISBN: 9789400754331; 9789400754358 (ebk)

Statement of responsibility: Peter James Bentley, Hamish Coates, Ian R. Dobson, Leo Goedegebuure, V. Lynn Meek, editors

Resource type: Book

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TD/TNC 113.1504



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