The Importance of Motivation and Volition in Teaching Essay

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Teachers experience a tremendous amount of stress, with almost one-third stating that teaching is a ‘very or extremely stressful’ profession (Borg & Riding, 1991; Kyriacou, 2001). Work stress is often cited as a key reason for teachers leaving the profession after only three years (Ingersoll & Smith, 2003). Contributors to work stress include a variety of factors, including role overload, disruptive students, over-demanding parents, lack of support from the school management, poor relationships with colleagues and high-stakes student testing (Kyriacou, 2001; Manthei, Gilmore, Tuck, & Adnair, 1996; Montgomery & Rupp, 2005). It is no secret that teachers with high motivation can help realize the objectives of education, but reforms in the …show more content…
Apart from physical work activities, educational reforms transformed teaching into service-like work, making it difficult for teachers to receive and maintain professional status because the public tends to devalue and disregard employees in the service industry (Apple, 1982). As teaching requires almost constant interaction with students, teachers have to show certain emotions and suppress others (Ogbonna & Harris, 2004). For example, parents often complain about teaching approaches or class management methods that teachers employ, but teachers are unable to express their feelings of unhappiness and dissatisfaction regarding these complains because these parents are their consumers (Bowe et al., 1992; Lasky, 2000). Furthermore, an increasing number of students no longer hold great respect for teachers, resulting in greater incidents of confrontation and conflict between them (Chang, 2009). Similarly, teachers often have to suppress their feelings of anger and frustrations in handling such situations because the students are their clients. The expression of emotions that are not concordant with the experienced emotions is termed as emotional labour (Hochschild, 1983). The two most common emotional labour are surface acting and deep acting. Surface acting is the display of emotions that are regarded as appropriate, but not actually felt, while deep acting is

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