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ERIC Number: ED341760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 213
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Morale in the Atlanta Public Schools: Spring 1990. Report No. 4, Volume 25, 11/91.
Fraser, Lowrie A.
A study was done of Atlanta (Georgia) public school teacher morale in May of 1990. About 40 percent of the teaching staff (1,520 teachers) voluntarily completed a 91-item questionnaire that contained subsets of questions from the Maslach Burnout Inventory and three subscales of emotional exhaustion, departmentalization, and personal accomplishment. Results indicate the following findings: (1) 55 teachers were in some stage of burnout; (2) overall school climate affected teachers' attitudes; (3) 61 percent frequently or continuously receive tangible rewards from teaching that make them enthusiastic about their jobs; (4) 21 percent indicated that they never felt that if they had it to do over again that they would be teachers; (5) seven percent never felt they had adequate supplies and materials; (6) teacher indicated that they believe they had higher expectations for student performance than 2 years ago, and they believed students have increased their belief in their ability to learn; (7) 22 percent felt they were encouraged by opportunities for advancement; (8) while on the job, 61 percent of the teachers often help students with non-academic problems; and (9) 61 percent received support and encouragement from their principals. Included are 35 references. Appendix 1 provides three tables of responses to all the questions by total group. Appendix 2 provides 37 bar graphs referring to teachers' outlook, morale, and opportunity. Appendix 3 is a complete listing of all teacher responses to questions soliciting teacher suggestions. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Atlanta Public Schools, GA. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.