How Does Personal Motivation Influence Teacher Burnout?

Zhongtai Hou, Chang Zhu, Di Wang

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This research applies two corresponding instruments to measure two motivations. One is the Motivation Scale for Career as a Teacher (MSCT), and the other is the Motivation Scale for Doing Job (MSDJ). According to paired sample test (N=448, from 9 Chinese primary and secondary schools), intrinsic motivation of teachers has decreased slightly, introjected regulation has changed negatively to an extremely significant level, and external regulation has increased to an extremely significant level. Furthermore, the results indicate that four dimensions of motivation for doing job related to three burnout dimensions significantly. Among them, intrinsic motivation and identified regulation are negatively related to teacher burnout, amotivation and external regulation are positively related to teacher burnout, and introjected regulation is not significantly related to burnout. Regression analyses show that teacher motivations and their changes of motivation account for the variances of dependent variables of teacher burnout. With some important demographics and contextual variables entered, the variances accounted for has increased.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of Education, Learning, Styles, Individual differences Network
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventUnknown -
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …

Publication series

Namethe Education, Learning, Styles, Individual differences Network, ELSIN 2011, 16th Annual Conference 29 June - 1 July 2011, Antwerp, Belgium


Period1/01/11 → …


  • motivation
  • changes of motivations; teacher burnout

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