ERIC Number: ED212630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Model for Understanding, Preventing and Controlling Burnout.
High stress and job dissatisfaction interact negatively to produce the condition known as burnout. Teacher burnout is the state of exhaustion, despair, and futility which results from the belief that achievement and satisfaction in teaching is either not possible or not worth the effort required to produce it. By making repeated measures of employee job satisfaction and stress, trends can be observed, and remedial steps can be taken. This can be done by plotting stress and dissatisfaction on a graph. The resulting interaction model of stress and job satisfaction creates three areas for discussion. The first is the assumption that stress and job satisfaction can be measured and presented in parallel form. Research into this field has resulted in several valid instruments, but more sophisticated methods should still be developed. The second area for discussion is techniques of stress management. General suggestions for protection from stress involve physical health maintenance, finding support groups or counseling, participating in workshops, and making a positive change in lifestyle. The third area of concern in the prevention of burnout is organizational development, or aspects of the work environment that can be manipulated to create job satisfaction. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Houston, TX, February 17-20, 1982).