Job satisfaction of teacher of students with hearing impairment in post-authoritarian Indonesia
Amka Abdul Aziz
In Indonesia, the landscape of education system changed following the fall of last authoritarian regime in 1998. For decades, the past regimes maintained low spending in education and Indonesia found itself among the lowest ranking countries in the world in terms of its education budget. In post-authoritarian era, a number of key laws and regulations have provided an overall framework for the country’s education reforms indicating that government pays attention to teachers, including teachers of disabled students. The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions of a national sample of teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing following the reform especially with regard to their job satisfaction as well as to identify the specific factors that positively and negatively affect their ability to do their jobs well. In addition, responses of different subsets of teachers were compared. Responses from 245 teachers of students with hearing impairment are reported. Collectively, 54% of participants stated that they were satisfied to very satisfied with their overall job. Specific aspects of the job that respondents indicated that they were most satisfied or most dissatisfied with are presented and suggestions for addressing some of the identified challenges are provided.