Elmari Fouche (PhD student) and I presented a paper with the title “Engagement and retention of teachers: The role of psychological need satisfaction and positive practices” at the Annual Conference of the Education Association of South Africa from 11-14 January 2015. In a multilevel study with 514 teachers in 40 schools in the North-West Province (South Africa) we investigated the effects of psychological need satisfaction and positive practices in schools on the engagement and intentions to leave of teachers. We found that satisfaction of the psychological needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness was strongly associated with teachers’ engagement and intention to leave. Dissatisfaction of the psychological needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness was a strong predictor of both disengagement and intentions to leave on an individual level. The absence of positive practices (caring, compassionate support, forgiveness, inspiration, meaning and respect) on school level predicted teachers’ intentions to leave their jobs. These results have important implications for leaders and managers in schools. Furthermore, it is crucial to promote virtuous practices Virtuous practices promote positive emotions, promote helping behaviour between individuals, and create social capital (social networks within institutions). The presentation can be downloaded from my website (www.ianrothmann.com).
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