The components and determinants of preschool teacher organisational citizenship behaviour

Izhar Oplatka, Masada Stundi

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the components and determinants of preschool teacher organisational citizenship behaviours (OCB), i.e. role behaviours that are discretionary, unrewarded and beyond formal-role expectations. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 12 Israeli kindergarten teachers and four supervisors participated in semi-structured interviews during 2008-2009. Findings: It was found that preschool teacher OCB appears in professional (e.g. instructional innovations, diverse teaching methods, helping colleagues) and in inter-personal (e.g. the children, the parents, the local community) arenas. Likewise, both personal and organisational determinants may account for the occurrence of this behaviour in preschool teaching. Research limitations/implications: It is recommended that education districts and superintendents facilitate preschool teacher OCB by promoting greater job autonomy for kindergarten teachers and forms of participative leadership among their supervisors. Originality/value: Understanding preschool teacher OCB may fill in gaps in the theoretical knowledge about the nature of OCB among a group of employees that tends to work at small educational settings and has a limited scope of interactions with co-workers and superiors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-236
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Behaviour
  • Israel
  • Job satisfaction
  • Nursery education
  • Teachers
  • Teaching styles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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