Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Job Satisfaction: Mediation-Moderation Effect of Trust in Colleagues and Emotional Intelligence in the Malaysian Context

Published: 29 August 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/jw7kjghtnh.1
Nidhi Singh


Though many scholars have examined the effects of professional learning communities on teachers and students globally, research in Malaysian context is limited. This study aimed to provide the empirical evidence for the complex relationship between professional learning communities, teachers' job satisfaction, trust in colleagues and emotional intelligence among primary school teachers in Malaysia. Data was collected form 307 teachers, and structural equation modeling was used to analyse the relationship. Findings supported the direct and significant effect of professional learning communities on teachers' job satisfaction, significant mediating effect of teachers' trust in their colleagues, and a negative moderating effect emotional intelligence.


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The data was collected using following research instruments: 1. Professional Learning Communities Assessment - Revised 2. Trust in Colleagues (Omnibus T-Scale) 3. Job Satisfaction Survey (Spector) -sections included - supervisions, contingent rewards, co-workers, nature of work, communication and operating procedures. - Instruments were translated into Bahasa Malaysia and both English and Malay versions were used for data collection. - Data was collected from primary school teachers teaching at public primary schools in Selangor, Malaysia by using both Google and paper-based forms. - For data analysis, IBM SPSS was used for descriptive analysis and SmartPLS was used for structural equation modeling.


University of Malaya Faculty of Education


Educational Psychology, Professional Education, Emotional Intelligence, Job Satisfaction, Trust