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ERIC Number: ED214910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Pages: 22
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Reference Count: 0
Sociological Approaches to Issues on Teacher Burnout.
Margolin, Edythe
Sensations of burnout have a great deal to do with societal issues and the way that society defines the self concept of individuals. When people do not feel as societal values dictate, they often begin to sense disappointment in themselves, their life styles, and what they are receiving from people around them in the form of approval, praise, or friendship. Six elements are identified that may be used by teachers to analyze their feelings about their life and work and to determine what areas in their lives are offering satisfaction or disappointment: (1) daily energy, which must be sustained to remain constructively functional in work and to achieve satisfaction from it; (2) self-fulfillment, received in and from work; (3) perfection syndrome, which concerns the all-or-nothing sense of achievement; (4) society's (or an institution's) standards, as shown through rewards received or withheld; (5) impressions of competence of performance in work and performance in relationships encountered in nonwork situations; and (6) sense of self-direction and functioning effectively on the job. These elements are discussed as they pertain to the job of teaching and the role of teachers in society. Suggestions are also made for dealing with areas in work and relationships outside of work that are causing symptoms of burnout. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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