Job satisfaction predicts teacher self-efficacy and the association is invariant: Examinations using TALIS 2018 data and longitudinal Croatian data

Irena Burić, Lisa Kim

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Theoretical models and empirical studies have long assumed that the positive association between teacher self-efficacy (TSE) and job satisfaction (JS) is invariant regardless of any teacher factors and that TSE predicts JS. Using OECD TALIS 2018 data and a three-time point longitudinal Croatian data, we test these assumptions by examining the invariance of the association between TSE and JS across four factors (gender, career stage, educational levels, and time) and the causal ordering of the two constructs. We find support for the first assumption but not the second; that is, JS predicts TSE and TSE does not predict JS.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103406
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number2021
Early online date19 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

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  • teacher self-efficacy
  • job satisfaction
  • structural equation modelling

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