Supportive communication in Catholic primary schools

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    Support from school leadership and from peers has been recognised as beneficial to the morale of teachers. It can enhance job satisfaction and can have a moderating influence on felt occupational stress. This paper reports on a study that conceptualised support as three distinct dimensions of organisational communication. The three dimensions are described in terms of their manifestation as communication practices in schools. Relationships between these dimensions and job satisfaction and occupational stress of school staff members were also investigated. The participants were three hundred and fifty six staff members from primary schools of Catholic diocesan systems across New South Wales, Australia. Quantitative and qualitative data were obtained using a questionnaire survey. The findings suggest that supportive communication can indeed be beneficial to school staff. Implications for school leadership teams and staff members are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-14
    Number of pages14
    JournalAARE 2008 International Education Research Conference papers
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventAustralian Association for Research in Education Conference - Brisbane
    Duration: 30 Nov 20084 Dec 2008


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