ERIC Number: ED323723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Special Educator and Job Stress.
Dedrick, Charles V. L.; Raschke, Donna B.
This monograph examines stressors encountered by special educators, ways of coping with professional demands, and reasons why some teachers handle job stress better than others. It is intended to help special education teachers take a more objective look at what they do and identify strategies and techniques to alleviate some job-related stress and tension. Symptoms of burnout are reviewed, and a questionnaire is provided to help special educators examine behavioral patterns to determine the degree of burnout they are experiencing. The impact of stress on the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of teachers is examined, and the manner in which job stress affects professional performance is addressed. Several studies that look at job stress and the special educator from a generic, nonspecific perspective are described, and then job stress of teachers of students with learning disabilities, behavioral/emotional problems, and mental deficiencies is discussed. Individual initiatives and organizational strategies for developing coalitions among school staff are offered. Ten stress management strategies are analyzed: diet and exercise, relaxation techniques, social support systems, goal setting, creative problem solving, time management, networking, self-talk, stroking, and self-given gifts. Includes 108 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Coping, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Satisfaction, Psychological Patterns, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Special Education Teachers, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Teacher Burnout
National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 ($10.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.