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My name is Christine Gooi Sing Ling and I am currently

conducting research for my MA in Education


specializing in Early Year Education at Nottingham Trent
University. This questionnaire seeks to examine the
factors that motivate early year practitioners to work
in the early year settings such as preschool settings in
Malaysia. I seek your cooperation and time in
completing these questionnaires. Any information given
will be kept CONFIDENTIAL and used only for
research purposes.

If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire,


please do not hesitate to contact me.
Name: Christine Gooi Sing Ling
Email Address: christinegooi@gmail.com/
N0468930@ntu.ac.uk

It would be greatly appreciated if you could complete


the questionnaire by 28/11/2012. I appreciate your
sincere cooperation. Thank You.
Section A: Personal Information

Direction: Please tick (/) the appropriate box or write in the space provided.

Gender: [ ] Male [ ] Female

Age: [ ] Below 25 years [ ] 25- 29 years

[ ] 30- 34 years [ ] 35- 39 years

[ ] 40- 44 years [ ] 45- 49 years [ ] 50 and above

Marital Status: [ ] Single [ ] Married [ ] Divorced/ Widowed

What is your highest qualification?

[ ] SPM/ O’ Level/ GCSE

[ ] STPM/ A-Levels/ SCE higher

[ ] Diploma

[ ] Degree (BA/Bsc)

[ ] PhD (MA/MSc/Masters)

[ ] Other (please state) _______________________

What is your present income level?

[ ] Below RM 1000

[ ] RM 1000- RM 1500

[ ] RM 1501- RM 2000

[ ] RM 2001- RM 2500

[ ] RM 2501- RM 3000

[ ] More than RM 3000

Section B: Motivation Factors


Direction: On the following 6-point scale, indicate the degree of how motivated
are you as a pre-school teacher.

Highly Satisfied Somewhat Somewhat Unsatisfie Highly


Satisfied Satisfied unsatisfie d Unsatisfie
d d
1 2 3 4 5 6

1) What is your overall level of satisfaction with your job as a


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pre-school teacher?

If the level of satisfaction is more than 3, please state a reason on why you are satisfied.

___________________________________________________________________________

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2) If you had the opportunity to start over in a new career, would you choose to become a pre-
school teacher?

[ ] Yes (If Yes, please indicate the reason): _______________________________________

[ ] No (If No, please indicate the reason): ________________________________________

3) In your opinion (on the following 6-point scale), what is the level of motivation
of the pre-school teachers that you work with?

Highly Motivate Somewha Somewhat Unmotivate Highly


motivate d t unmotivate d Unmotivate
d motivated d d
1 2 3 4 5 6

1) Level of pre-school teachers’ motivation you work with? 1 2 3 4 5 6

If the level of motivation is more than 3, please state a reason why you think they are
motivated.

___________________________________________________________________________

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4) How many teachers do you know or work with would you classify as unmotivated?

[ ]0

[ ] 1-2

[ ] More than 3 (Please indicate the reason why you feel that they are unmotivated.)
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5) Directions: The following statements refer to factors that may influence the way
an early years practitioner feels about his or her job. On the following 6-point
scale, indicate the degree to which each of the following serve as a motivational or
non-motivational factor for pre-school teachers.

Highly Motivate Somewha Somewhat Unmotivate Highly


motivate d t unmotivate d Unmotivate
d motivated d d
1 2 3 4 5 6

5a. Recognition (e.g., receiving praise from administrators,


parents, students, or others)
1 2 3 4 5 6

5b. Supervision by superiors (e.g., overall competence of


superiors)
1 2 3 4 5 6

5c. Interpersonal relationships with colleagues (e.g.,


interaction with other pre-school teachers)
1 2 3 4 5 6

5d. Salary (e.g., financial compensation) 1 2 3 4 5 6

5e. Job security (e.g., tenure) 1 2 3 4 5 6

5f. Status (e.g., professional status of teaching) 1 2 3 4 5 6

5g. Sense of achievement (e.g., experiencing success)


1 2 3 4 5 6

5h. Working conditions (e.g., building conditions, amount of


work, facilities available) 1 2 3 4 5 6

5i. Responsibility (e.g., autonomy, authority and responsibility


for your own work) 1 2 3 4 5 6

5j. Potential for advancement (e.g., possibility of assuming


different positions in the profession)
1 2 3 4 5 6

5k. Work itself (e.g., aspects associated with the tasks of


teaching)
1 2 3 4 5 6
5l. Factors in personal life (e.g., effects of teaching on one's
personal life)
1 2 3 4 5 6

5m. Interpersonal relationships with pre-school children (e.g.,


interaction with pre-school children)
1 2 3 4 5 6

5n. Sense of accountability (e.g., being held directly


responsible for pre-school childrens’ learning)
1 2 3 4 5 6

6. On the following 6-point scale, indicate the degree to which each of the
following items serve as a motivational factor or a non-motivational factor for
pre-school teachers.

6a. The pre-school organizes appreciation parties for


1 2 3 4 5 6
early years practitioners.

6b. Recognition is awarded to pre-school teachers who


1 2 3 4 5 6
perform well.

6c. Observing vast improvement in the achievement levels of


1 2 3 4 5 6
pre-school children since the beginning of the year.

6d. Being appreciated by parents and pre-school children. 1 2 3 4 5 6

6e. Having free workshops and training to improve personal


1 2 3 4 5 6
and professional skills.

6f. A one-time monetary award for those that perform well. 1 2 3 4 5 6

7) What problems do you face as a pre-school teacher in this pre-school?


___________________________________________________________________________
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8) What do you think can be done to improve teacher motivation in this school?
___________________________________________________________________________
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~This is the end of the questionnaire. Thank you very much for your
time and cooperation.