The impact of school leadership and school environment on teacher job satisfaction in Latin America




Work satisfaction, Leadership, Work environment, Teacher, Latin America


The research on Educational Effectiveness has identified teachers' work satisfaction as a key element for the development of effective teaching. However, rather the number of studies analyzing the effect of teachers' job satisfaction on student performance, there is less research available to understand how teacher satisfaction is developed and what it depends on. The objective of this research is to know the relationship between teacher's job satisfaction, school management and climate. To achieve our aim, we conduct a multilevel analysis of the information provided by the teachers of 5,733 schools in 15 Latin American countries participating in UNESCO's Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (TERCE). Our results show that the work environment, the classroom climate and management support to teachers are the variables that have most impact on the level of job satisfaction of teachers in Latin America.


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Author Biography

Cynthia Martínez-Garrido, Universidad de Granada

Investigadora postdoctoral Juan de la Cierva. Doctora en Educación por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Miembro del Grupo de Investigación "Cambio Educativo para la Justicia Social (GICE)" ( Miembro de la Red RILME-Red de Investigación sobre Liderazgo y Mejora Educativa ( y de la Red RINACE-Red Iberoamericana de Investigación sobre Cambio y Eficacia Escolar ( Editora de tres revistas de investigación educativa: “REICE. Revista Iberoamericana sobre Calidad, Eficacia y Cambio en Educación”, “Revista Internacional de Educación para la Justicia Social (RIEJS)” y “Revista Latinoamericana de Educación Inclusiva”. Página web: 



How to Cite

Martínez-Garrido, C. (2017). The impact of school leadership and school environment on teacher job satisfaction in Latin America. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 25, 80.