ERIC Number: ED350940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Stress Factors among College Educators.
Grant, George Farid
Stress factors affecting community college educators in Ontario were determined using a questionnaire survey. The effect of demographic variables (campus location, program types and specialization, gender, age, and years taught at the college) on perceived stress levels were evaluated. Participants rated their present stress levels on a Likert-type scale. Respondents (N=66) rated their current stress level as moderate or quite stressful. Areas causing the most stress were: student literacy/numeracy skills; physical environment such as indoor air quality; student lack of motivation; available supplies and resources; and students with weak mathematics/languages skills. By excluding the Suburban Campus results, indoor air quality (73.7 percent) was the major stressor. In a stress management workshop, several key coping strategies were established such as improving problem solving and communication skills; encouraging teachers to take personal time for hobbies; offering regular workshops on stress management, relaxation, visual imagery, biofeedback, and cognitive restructuring; and encouraging a regular program of fitness and wellness. The key recommendation in this study was to enhance both corporate and personal wellness. Appendices include the survey instrument used to identify stressors among college faculty and figures highlighting study results. Contains 95 references. (Author/GLR)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, College Faculty, College Students, Community Colleges, Coping, Data Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Leadership Styles, Locus of Control, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Teacher Burnout, Teacher Response, Teacher Workshops
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Master's Thesis, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.