ERIC Number: ED160662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching Events Stress Inventory.
Cichon, Donald J.; Koff, Robert H.
The Teaching Events Stress Inventory was designed to measure the degree of stress caused by thirty-six events associated with the teaching profession. The inventory was completed by 4,934 elementary and secondary school teachers employed by the Chicago Board of Education. Event one on the inventory, the first week of the school year, was given an arbitrary stress value of 500, and teachers were asked to rate subsequent events numerically as more or less stressful than this event. Results were used to provide a quantitative basis for the investigation of stress, to ascertain differential reactions by educators with different backgrounds and situational characteristics, and to determine implications for educational policy. The 36 items and their descriptive statistics are appended. Discriminant analysis revealed no significant differences for sex, age, race, or type of school. In rank-ordering of teaching events, violence and student discipline, management of disruptive children, threats of personal injury, assaults on colleagues, and verbal abuse by students were priority concerns. Management tension events, such as involuntary transfer, overcrowded classrooms, notice of unsatisfactory performance, lack of books and supplies, and disagreement with supervisor imposed stress upon teachers in the form of action constraints. Maintaining self-control when angry and teaching low achievers were concerns related to professional competency. Events which induced relatively little stress included teacher-parent conferences, teaching bilingual students, and taking additional coursework for promotion. Recommendations are made for future research and educational policy. (Author/JAC)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Response, Item Analysis, Psychological Needs, Public School Teachers, Rating Scales, Stress Variables, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Response, Teaching Conditions, Teaching Experience, Urban Teaching, Vocational Adjustment, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chicago Public Schools IL; Teaching Events Stress Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, l978)