Title: Educational reform in elementary schools in Israel: Arab teachers' attitudes and satisfaction

Authors: Essa AlFahel; Wajeeh Daher; Mohammad Saied Ahmad

Addresses: Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, P.O. Box 124, Baqa-El-Gharbia, 30100, Israel; Achva Academic College of Education, M.P. Shikmim 79800, Israel; Kaye Academic College of Education, Street Yhuda Hlevy 33, P.O. Box 13001, Beer-Sheva 13001, Israel ' Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, P.O. Box 124, Baqa-El-Gharbia, 30100, Israel; An-Najah National University, P.O. Box 7, Nablus, Palestine, Israel ' Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, P.O. Box 124, Baqa-El-Gharbia, 30100, Israel

Abstract: This study came to evaluate two key issues related to teachers who work in the frame of a new curriculum reform at elementary schools in Israel, called New Horizons (NH). The first issue is teachers' attitudes towards NH and the second is teachers' satisfaction from their work at schools. A questionnaire that measures teachers' attitudes and satisfaction of the new reform was delivered to a sample that consisted of 1,401 teachers who work in NH and 138 teachers who do not work in NH. The research results indicate that there are significant differences in the extent of satisfaction among teachers who work in NH and teachers who do not. Moreover, there is a positive correlation between the attitudes of teachers who are in favour of NH and their satisfaction of teaching at school.

Keywords: elementary teachers; elementary schools; job satisfaction; teacher attitudes; teacher satisfaction; curriculum reform; educational reform; Israel; Arab teachers; elementary education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2016.079064

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2016 Vol.20 No.3, pp.233 - 250

Received: 08 Oct 2014
Accepted: 23 Feb 2015

Published online: 12 Sep 2016 *

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