ERIC Number: ED171027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
"Teacher" the Forgotten Component of the IEP.
Roddy, Eugene A.
The problems of teachers as they deal with the rapid changes brought about by Public Law 94-142 (Education for All Handicapped Children Act) and other legislation have largely been ignored. The teaching profession is considered one of the most potentially stressful occupations in the world (along with air traffic controllers and surgeons). While good mental health is essential, research reveals that many cannot cope with the stress of their profession and "burnout" (a response to unchecked stress) is occurring. Burn-out can range from short-lived fatigue to physical ailments such as chronic back pain and ulcers. Teachers become physically, emotionally, and attitudinally exhausted. In a survey of teachers, 84% responded that they believed there are health hazards in teaching, with stress pinpointed as the major force affecting their health. The concept of an individualized educational plan has led many parents to believe that prior to P.L. 94-142 there were no specific goals, often placing teachers in adversarial roles which only increase their sense of frustration and isolation. (Author/PHR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1979, Session T-86)