ERIC Number: ED194515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Satisfaction in Georgia and the Nation: Status and Trends. Teacher Burnout: Causes and Possible Cures. Issues for Education Series.
Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Atlanta.
Researchers have attributed teacher turnover at both the state and national levels to the high incidence of teacher stress or burnout, a syndrome resulting from a variety of individual, organizational, and societal factors. Burnout involves physical, emotional, and attitudinal exhaustion generated by excessive demands upon the individual's energy, emotions, or resources. Common symptoms include diminished pleasure in teaching; increased use of sick leave, drugs, or alcohol; irritability; fatigue; depression; insomnia; and physical problems ranging from migraine headaches and chronic back pain to ulcers. Causes include inadequate administrative support, lack of intrinsic rewards, increase in disciplinary problems, isolation, and inadequate professional training. Society's attitudes and expectations often compound the stressful situations present within the school environment. Some consequences of teacher burnout are teacher turnover, physical and mental illness, and negative effects on student achievement. A wide range of options for minimizing or eliminating teacher burnout exists. A cooperative effort involving teachers, administrators, school systems, teacher preparation institutions, and the public will help to achieve this goal more quickly. A successful antiburnout campaign will contribute to enhanced public respect for educators and increased confidence in the quality of educational institutions. (CJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Atlanta.