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ERIC Number: ED407383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 23
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Stress in Teaching: A Study of Elementary School Teachers in the Caribbean.
Richardson, Arthur G.
The goal of this study was to discover the sources of stress in elementary school teachers in the Caribbean. The study sought the answers to three questions which focus on teachers' perceptions of: (1) the most stressful classroom activity/condition; (2) differences in sources of stress between male and female teachers; and (3) differences in sources of stress among teachers across eight Caribbean territories. The subjects were 645 elementary school teachers (310 males and 335 females) from 8 Caribbean territories--Antigua (N=63), Barbados (N=103), British Virgin Islands (N=40), Dominica (N=113), Grenada (N=67), Montserrat (N=65), St. Kitts (N=93), and St. Vincent (N=101). Answers to the research questions were sought by means of the Teacher Stress Inventory which contains seven scales: role ambiguity; role stress; organizational management; job satisfaction; life satisfaction; task stress; and supervisory support. Task stress emerged as the major source of stress for the teachers. Male teachers showed higher levels of stress on role stress and life satisfaction. Differences emerged among territorial subsamples on two of the seven measures: organizational management and supervisory support. On the organizational management measure, teachers from St. Vincent and Barbados scored higher than their counterparts in Montserrat and Dominica; Vincentian Teachers achieved a higher score on this measure than their peers in the British Virgin islands and Grenada. With respect to supervisory support, teachers from Antigua, Barbados, St. Vincent, and St. Kitts indicated the highest levels of stress. (Contains 18 references.) (SPM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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