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ERIC Number: ED253942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Organizational Stress Experienced by Teachers and Principals.
Friesen, D.; Richards, D.
This study examined the work-related stress experienced by principals and teachers in public schools. The researchers worked under the assumption that some of the stress related to a job situation comes from the environment. Condensed versions of two questionnaires developed by Williams (measuring stress experienced by teachers) and Jankovich (measuring stress experienced by principals) were mailed to a random sample of 300 teachers and 270 principals in the Alberta, Canada, province. The data were analyzed according to the problems posed by the study. Four observations made as a result of the findings may lead to a better understanding of occupational stress and research on stress in organizations: (1) the main stress factors identified were similar to those in previous studies, suggesting a stability of factor structures and the possibility that stress factors can be identified for work groups; (2) background variables did not contribute significantly to overall work stress--again, consistent with previous studies--suggesting that work-related stress is not related to background variables; (3) personal life stress, as in previous studies, failed to account for variance in overall work stress, suggesting work stress results from experiences on the job; and (4) a very significant difference occurs between teachers and principals in their stress experience. Teachers face frequent encounters with high stress, whereas principals infrequently encounter highly stressful situations. Nine tables and a reference list are included. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta; Collegiality
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).