A Critical Examination Of Career Frustration Among Primary School Teachers

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A Critical Examination Of Career Frustration Among Primary School Teachers


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

A secure future with a rewarding career is most likely what we all hope for. Choosing a job is only the first step toward realizing that no matter what career you choose, it is all about security and money at the end of the day (Taiwo, 2002). However, there are other factors to consider before deciding on a vocation.As individuals seek stability, they will be led through a maze of factors ranging from personal to financial to professional, all of which will affect the occupation you choose.

A person’s career is defined as the advancement and activities they engage in throughout their lives, particularly those related to their work. A career, rather than referring to a particular job, often refers to the vocations necessary, titles obtained, and work accomplished over a long period of time (Adeyemi, 2002). As the economy worsens, many people are seeking for new possibilities. It is occasionally required, such as when people lose their employment or are laid off. Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions students will make in defining their future goals. This decision will have long-term ramifications for them. Therefore one cannot actually avoid anything and take the easy way out to get the best job if they do not make the necessary decision.

Notably, teachers are considered as strong foundations of the Nigerian education industry. It is both crucial and critical that teachers be treated extremely well both within and outside the system by enhancing their working circumstances. Teaching is a fascinating profession, and it is not a trade since instructors, like any other craft, have additional qualifications for membership. These include training periods, unions, and member codes of behavior. Unfortunately, many changes in schools and colleges, whether curriculum-related or technological in nature, are implemented without teacher training, which can lead to teacher dissatisfaction. Frustration is the condition of an organism that occurs when fulfilling motivated activity becomes more difficult or impossible when the path to a goal is impeded. According to Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (2001), frustration is “a deep persistent emotion or condition of uneasiness and discontent stemming from unsolved problems or unfulfilled demands.” Alternatively, frustration refers to a situation or incident that obstructs the path to a goal. It also implies a sense of disappointment as a result of being obstructed.

Since teachers are known to be the foundation and lord of knowledge, they have the delicate responsibility of bringing out the finest in the kid and man’s body, mind, and spirit. They are the nation’s constructor and architect. As a result, when management initiates changes with little or no input or concern for those who have an influence on student learning, it can alter teachers’ dispositions in implementing the changes, resulting to career frustration. Which is very prevalent among many primary school teachers today.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

A teacher’s obligations are greater than those of any other profession. A teacher must be satisfied in order to do his or her tasks efficiently. When a teacher feels frustrated, he is unable to carry out his duties. Pupil behavior has a considerable influence on a teacher’s sense of well-being, according to Anyanwu (2021). Disruptive behavior can vary from low-level disturbance that interferes with lesson delivery to acts of verbal and physical attack that aim to intimidate personnel and frequently result in short- or long-term physical or mental health problems. Furthermore, constant change and a lack of job resources not only directly increase the likelihood of burnout, but also indirectly affect the likelihood of burnout by instilling feelings of lack of perceived job control, limited access to information, and perceptions of insufficient supervisory support.

In Nigeria, Torty (2021) discovered that career frustration among teachers arises from their dissatisfaction with their current standing in society as a result of bad working circumstances. There is no job satisfaction with their current standing in society owing to bad working conditions, and they are dissatisfied, particularly with their welfare, as it is considered that teaching is a vocation for the poor. He also believes that the majority of Nigerians despise the teaching profession because of the brutality meted out to teachers. Bizarrely, scanty literature exist to provide empirical evidence to support or disprove the prevalence of career frustration among primary schol teachers hence this prompted the researcher to carry out this study on a critical examination of career frustration among primary school teachers.


1.3 Objective of the Study

The broad objective of this study is to present a critical examination of career frustration among primary school teachers.

Specifically, this research set out to:

  1. Determine the causes of career frustration among primary school teachers.
  2. Ascertain whether career frustration among primary school teachers impacts their general well being.
  3. Investigate the implication of teacher career frustration on pupil and primary education.
  4. Establish possible solution to alleviate career frustration among primary school teachers.

1.4 Research Hypothesis

The research is guided by the following research questions:

  1. What the causes of career frustration among primary school teachers?
  2. Does career frustration among primary school teachers impacts teachers general well being?
  3. What are the implication of teacher career frustration on pupil and primary education?
  4. What are possible solution to alleviate career frustration among primary school teachers.

1.5 Significance of the Study

The result of this finding will be of immense benefit to all primary school teachers, school administrator and government. In view of the fact that job satisfaction affects productivity, so government are expected through the result of the study to see the need to improve Teacher status, welfare non-payment of salaries/arrears and standard of education featured prominently in Nigeria dailies. Additionally school administrators and other stakeholders in education should provide the school with all necessary materials needed by the teachers to perform their duty. The study will serve as reference material to both scholars and student who wishes to conduct further studies in related field.


1.6 Scope of the Study

The scope of this study borders on a critical examination of career frustration among primary school teachers. he study will further discuss causes of teacher career frustration, implication on teachers well being and pupil education. More so the study will possible solution to alleviate career frustration among primary school teachers. The study is however delimited to Idah Local government in Kogi State.


1.7 Limitation of the Study

Like in every human endeavour, the researchers encountered slight constraints while carrying out the study. The significant constraint was the scanty literature on the subject owing that it is a new discourse thus the researcher incurred more financial expenses and much time was required in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature, or information and in the process of data collection, which is why the researcher resorted to a limited choice of sample size covering only primary schools in Idah Local government in Kogi State. Thus findings of this study cannot be used for generalization for other primary schools in other states within Nigeria. Additionally, the researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work will impede maximum devotion to the research. Howbeit, despite the constraint encountered during the research, all factors were downplayed in other to give the best and make the research successful.


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