ERIC Number: ED246035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Characteristics as Related to Five Dimensions of Teacher Stress, Sex and Age.
Harris, Karen R.; And Others
Research has indicated that teachers with a humanistic orientation have fewer problems with classroom discipline and are less subject to stress than are those with an authoritarian approach. An investigation of teacher stress focused upon teachers' personality, ideology, gender, age, locus of control, and pupil control orientation. Participants in the study were 130 elementary and secondary teachers school teachers. Teacher responses' were obtained from the Pupil Control Ideology Form, Teacher Locus of Control Scale, and Teacher Occupational Stress Factor Questionnaire. Five factors frequently implicated in teacher stress were investigated: professional inadequacy, principal-teacher professional relationship, collegial relationships, group instruction, and job overload. It was hypothesized that authoritarian pupil control orientation would be related to high teacher stress and that internal locus of control would be related to low teacher stress. Findings indicated that an authoritarian pupil orientation was associated with high stress for four of the five stress factors. An external locus of control was associated with stress for three of the five factors, and male teachers tended to have a more authoritarian approach than female teachers. These results are discussed with recommendations for future research. (JD)
Descriptors: Authoritarianism, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Humanism, Locus of Control, Personality Traits, Secondary School Teachers, Self Concept, Stress Variables, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Stress
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).