ERIC Number: ED440924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Coping with Teacher Stress: A Research Synthesis for Pacific Educators. Research Series.
Brown, Zoe Ann; Uehara, Denise L.
This research synthesis reviews the negative effects of teacher stress, focusing on teachers in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific. It describes teaching techniques for reducing these detrimental effects and discusses the relevance of such techniques within the cultures of the Pacific region. Section 1 describes what stress is. Section 2 examines the negative effects of teacher stress, including attrition and absenteeism. Section 3 presents effective strategies for dealing with workplace stress, including stress awareness; physiological coping strategies training (e.g., biofeedback, muscle relaxation, meditation, breathing techniques, and aerobic activity); environmental adjustment; and mind control. Section 4 looks at the effects of stress management programs. Section 5 examines the role of culture in stress. Section 6 looks at stress and the culturally diverse teaching staff, focusing on the Pacific perspectives. Section 7 discusses the implications for Pacific educators. Section 8 concludes with some recommendations for improvement (e.g., involve traditional support systems, adapt effective strategies and activities, and create cultural induction programs for new teachers). (Contains 65 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Coping, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Diversity (Faculty), Elementary Secondary Education, Employee Absenteeism, Labor Turnover, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Teacher Background, Teacher Burnout, Teacher Persistence, Teachers, Teaching Conditions
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.