ERIC Number: ED341760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
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)
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Public School Teachers, Recognition (Achievement), Rewards, School Districts, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Burnout, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Morale, Teacher Response, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Atlanta Public Schools, GA. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.