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ERIC Number: ED414653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Implications of Financial Changes in Education on Teacher Stress: A Study of Teacher Perceptions.
Hurley, Noel P.
Educators in Ontario, Canada, have been subjected to a barrage of changes in the last decade. Many of these changes have had direct or indirect financial implications for teachers. These changes can be organized as "curriculum" and "school governance." In an effort to understand the effect of educational change on teacher stress, this paper presents findings of a study that examined the ways in which southwestern Ontario secondary school teachers perceived changes in the Ontario education system. Interviews were conducted with 45 teachers in 7 southwestern Ontario public and separate school boards. Thirteen of 45 respondents believed that the main objective of significant educational change was to save money. A majority said that the most significant change involved a policy or practice that affected the nature of student experiences. The second and third most significant changes affected both teaching practices and student experiences. Most viewed the changes as being initiated by the government and the community. Less experienced teachers saw the purpose of change as improving education; more experienced teachers believed the purpose of change to be for social improvements. Five tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada