ERIC Number: ED186379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Perceived and Experienced Stress of Teachers in a Medium Sized Local School District.
Mazer, Irene R.; Griffin, Marjorie
A joint committee of a local teachers' association and the Tacoma Public Schools studied stress conditions for classroom teachers. Teachers estimated the magnitude of stress for forty-four events and noted those which they had actually experienced. "Involuntary transfer" was perceived as the most stressful event; seventeen per cent of the teachers reported having been involuntarily transferred during the year of the study. Seventy-five per cent reported having to "manage disruptive children," an event which ranked fourth in the perceived stress gradings. A moderately high negative correlation (-.51) was found between reported stress-induced exhaustion and days absent; a similiar but positive correlation (.46) was found for exhaustion and the number of stressful events experienced by a given teacher. (Authors/LH)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Job Satisfaction, Labor Conditions, Labor Turnover, Locus of Control, Physical Health, Stress Variables, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attendance, Teacher Morale, Teacher Welfare, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation)
Office of Health Education, Tacoma Public Schools, P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).