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This research aimed to examine 1) contextual components affecting teachers’ dedication and commitment at work, 2) causal factors affecting their dedication, and 3) the structural validity affecting their dedication at work in schools under the Bureau of Education Pattaya City. The first target group to answer the first objective consisting of 11 teachers in schools selected from purposive and snowball sampling and were conducted using semi-structured interviews. The second target group was selected to answer objectives 2 and 3 consisted of 360 employee teachers who worked in 11 schools under Bureau of Education Pattaya City by means of interviews. A software package was employed for data analysis of frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation and LISREL. It was revealed that the causal factors affecting the teachers commitment ranging from the most to least important included employee engagement, workplace atmosphere, teamwork, and career advancement. The causal relationship of their dedication and commitment was consistent with the empirical data; considering specifically c2=89.45, df = 75, p = 0.122, CFI = 1.00, GFI = 0.97, RMSEA = 0.02 and c2/df = 1.19. Thus, this study elucidates that all variables could well explain the variance which influenced the teachers’ commitment. Factors of employee engagement, workplace atmosphere and career advancement were found to have a direct effect on their commitment at work in schools under Bureau of Education Pattaya City at .05 level of statistical significance. However, workplace atmosphere could in addition be seen as an indirect factor to determine their dedication in support of career advancement factor. The developed model could be used to explain teachers’ commitment in schools under Bureau of Education Pattaya City.
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