School of Education


Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)


Jeff Rector


Absenteeism, Favoritism, Job Satisfaction, School Environment, School Relationships, Work Attendance




Researchers posit that teachers’ excessive absences may be caused by a lack of commitment or dissatisfaction with their jobs due to school environments and relationships, and a lack of commitment can ultimately influence student achievement. This correlational study sought to determine any relationship between teachers’ absenteeism and job satisfaction as mitigated by perceptions of favoritism. The participants included 38 teachers among 24 primary and secondary schools in a medium-size, rural, school district. This correlational, quantitative research study utilized instruments titled Job Satisfaction Survey and the Nepotism, Favoritism, Cronyism questionnaire to examine the perceptions of job satisfaction and favoritism among 38 primary school and secondary school teachers in a school district in the southeastern United States. Results were analyzed using demographic analyses using the Spearman correlation and the Pearson product-moment correlation to determine the statistical relationship between the variables. The results of the study indicated there is no significant relationship between job satisfaction and attendance. Additionally, there is a significant negative relationship between favoritism and job satisfaction. The results provide beneficial information principals can utilize to better understand the relationship between teachers’ absences, job satisfaction, and favoritism in their schools. Continued research related to how teacher job satisfaction and other demographic variables influenced teacher attendance would add to the body of literature.

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