Extrinsic and intrinsic workplace values in education

McGrath, Donna-Louise (2012) Extrinsic and intrinsic workplace values in education. International Journal of Learning, 18 3: 191-202.

Author McGrath, Donna-Louise
Title Extrinsic and intrinsic workplace values in education
Journal name International Journal of Learning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-9494
Publication date 2012
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 191
End page 202
Total pages 12
Place of publication Champaign, IL United States
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
Abstract This paper reports on a 'workplace behaviours and attitudes' study in which teachers rated the self-importance of seven workplace domains, including; competence, qualifications, achievement, reputation, popularity, admiration and recognition. Psychometric analysis revealed that these domains were comprised of extrinsic and intrinsic values. Results showed that teachers rated the intrinsic value of 'achievement in their field of work' to be the most self-important domain. Popularity, being extrinsically derived from the opinions and evaluations of others, was deemed to be the least important value. While teachers placed greater importance on intrinsic values such as achievement, many also rated being recognised for their work as 'highly important'. Interestingly, 'recognition for one's work' appeared to be both an extrinsic and an intrinsic value. Hence although motivation has frequently been studied as a dichotomous construct, the co-existence and possible interdependence of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation in the domain of 'recognition for one's work' deserves future research attention in the education sector. It is possible that for teachers, being recognised for one's work may be uplifting and inspirational. The findings of the study thus have important implications for educational leadership and management.
Keyword Extrinsic values
Intrinsic values
Workplace recognition
Workplace values
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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