Authors : Bola Adekola
Abstract: Work engagement is defined as a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind characterized by vigour, dedication and absorption. Research suggests that it is one indicator of achievement. This study investigates the work engagement among a sample of 162 secondary school English teachers in Osun, Nigeria, sampled from a list of junior secondary schools in 5 LGAS. Data were collected using the short form of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES). Reliability in the Nigerian context was high (α = 0.91 overall; α = 0.76, 0.83, 0.79, respectively for component vigour, dedication and absorption subscales). Results suggest that teachers work engagement is generally high (overall M = 5.04 on the 7-point scale; Ms = 4.99, 5.44, 4.71, respectively for component vigour, dedication and absorption subscales). Findings are interesting in the context of low student English achievement in this LGAS and implications are suggested in relation to teachers continuing professional development and enhancement of student achievement.
Bola Adekola , 2010. Work Engagement among Secondary School English Teachers in Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, 7: 51-55.