INFLUENCE OF PERSONALITY TRAITS AND GOAL COMMITMENT ON JOB SATISFACTION AMONG TEACHERS OF SELECTED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ILORIN, KWARA STATE, NIGERIA
AbstractThis study investigated the influence of personality traits and goal commitment on job satisfaction among teachers in selected secondary schools in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. The study sample was made up of 122 teachers made up of 52 males (42.6% of the total sample) and 70 females (57.4% of the sample). Participants’ ages ranged from 24 years to 44 years with a mean age of 33.66years. Personality was examined along the dimensions of Locus of Control and SelfEfficacy; Locus of Control was further measured along “internal” and “external” dimensions; Self-efficacy was examined along “High” and “Low” dimension; and Goal Commitment was examined along “High” and “Low”. Three hypotheses were stated: Internal, rather than External locus of control is positively and significantly related with job satisfaction; High, rather than Low levels of Self-Efficacy are positively and significantly related with job satisfaction; High, rather than Low levels of Goal Commitment are positively and significantly related with job satisfaction among secondary school teachers in Ilorin, Kwara State. Results showed that “internal”, rather than “external” locus of control orientation was more significantly and positively related with job satisfaction; high levels of self-efficacy were more positively related to job satisfaction (r = .448; p < 0.01) than low levels of self-efficacy (r = .135; p< 0.01); and high levels of goal commitment were significantly and positively related with satisfaction (r = .424; p< 0.01) while low levels of goals commitment were negatively related with job satisfaction (r = .128; p< 0.01). These results confirm the three study hypotheses. Implications; limitations; as well as recommendations for further study were highlighted.
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