IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(4): 378-383 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.484

Teachers' Motivation in the Maldives – Vital but Context-Specific

Abdul Raheem Hasan and Lex McDonald
Abstract—This paper explores stakeholders’ perceptions of the motivational influences for successful indigenous teachers to stay on as teachers in the islands of the Maldives. The research employs qualitative methods of interviewing, focus-group meetings and questionnaires to collect data from local indigenous groups that included school principals, leading teachers, successful teachers, parents and students. Analysis of data indicates that the participants’ perceptions of what motivated successful teachers to remain as teachers are largely influenced by the cultural aspects and specific island-life characteristics. It is clear that the motivational influences to stay on in the teaching profession are contextual, inter-related, inter-dependent and multifaceted but the ‘double S’ of motivation – salary and status – is also evident.

Index Terms—Maldives, retention, successful teachers, teachers’ motivation.

Abdul Raheem Hasan is with the Victoria University of Wellington (e-mail: abdul.Hasan@vuw.ac.nz).
Lex McDonald is with the School of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington (e-mail: lex.mcdonald@vuw.ac.nz)

[PDF]

Cite: Abdul Raheem Hasan and Lex McDonald, " Teachers' Motivation in the Maldives – Vital but Context-Specific," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 378-383, 2015.

Copyright © 2008-2015. International Journal of Social Science and Humanity. All rights reserved.
E-mail: ijssh@ejournal.net