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through an empirical study that is aimed at further exploring this particular phenomenon. By so doing, it was researchersí expectations that this paper would contribute towards knowledge that might facilitate the strengthening of teachers to enable them to continue their agentic roles towards sustainability and social transformation. Research Methodology Design and Sample The qualitative case study research approach was followed because it sought to understand the teachersí perspectives on causes of job dissatisfaction among senior secondary school teachers in one Education District in the Eastern Cape Province. A case study is ideal when a holistic, in-depth investigation is required to understand a particular phenomenon or experience (Babbie, 2008; Okeke, 2010; Creswell, 2014). The target group was purposefully selected from schools that have a cosmopolitan staff composition with various race groups, gender and also teachers with varying years of teaching experience. The sample size for the study comprised of 12 senior secondary school teachers from the six Circuits in the participating Education District, 3 schools from the rural areas and 3 schools from the urban areas. Instrument and Data Analysis Semi-structured interview and the focus groups discussions were used to obtain information on participantsí perceptions, opinions, beliefs and attitudes towards their jobs as teachers. Moreover, both instruments were carefully organised to enable the researchers to seek broader explanations on teachersí perspectives on causes of job dissatisfaction among senior secondary school teachers. The questions provided an opportunity for both the interviewers and the interviewees to discuss the topic as Brought to you by | EP Ipswich Authenticated Download Date | 6/20/17 11:56 AM
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59 Teacher Job Dissatisfaction: Implications for Teacher Sustainability and Social.. comprehensively as possible. Qualitative research often seeks to illuminate the ways individuals interact to sustain or change social situations. The researchers were personally involved in the process of data collection. With the permission of the participants, tape- recording instrument was used in all the sessions of the data collection procedure. The narrative analysis model (Taylor-Powell & Renner, 2003) was adopted in the analysis of data obtained from the fieldwork. Taylor-Powell and Renner (2003) suggest that this model is relevant in analysing data obtained through individual interviews and the focus group discussion (MacMillan & Schumacher, 2010). Within the narrative analysis framework, the researchers were able to transcribe, synthesise, organise, analyse and interpret the data. Synthesising and organising of data involved a coding process that allowed for data reduction in order to sieve data of impurities from the emerging themes and categories. Findings are presented descriptively.
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