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ERIC Number: ED219360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Preventive Therapy: Helping Teachers in Training Deal With Future Stress in the Classroom.
Linville, Malcolm E.; Belt, Jacquelyn F.
One of the best ways to deal with the conditions that promote stress in the teaching profession would be to include information about stress and ways of coping with it in a teacher preparation program. If prospective teachers have opportunities to examine the nature of stress and of situations that seem to contribute to tension, they would be better prepared to handle some of the special elements in the teaching situation that contribute to stress and eventual burnout. A teacher education program could help students to become more aware of the meaning of teaching and the significant role a teacher plays in childrens' lives. A teacher education program that gives students an increasing degree of responsibility might help prospective teachers to develop a sense of competency and control. Hope and optimism are fundamental to stability and good mental health and should be encouraged in preservice teachers. Prospective teachers should be taught relaxation techniques and techniques for using time efficiently. They should also be encouraged to form friendships that will allow them to be open about their feelings and concerns. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (62nd, Phoenix, AZ, February 13-17, 1982).