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ERIC Number: ED460105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
An Investigation of Teacher Stress and Efficacy.
Hutchinson, William
This study, which comprises part of a larger Western Australian research project on the relationships among teacher stress, perceptions of the school organizational climate, and beliefs in teacher efficacy, involves interviews with six secondary school teachers. The study focuses upon four major variables which may impact upon teachers' ability to manage their stress levels. These four variables are the coping strategies employed by teachers; the magnitude of teacher efficacy beliefs; the sources of self-evaluation data upon which the teacher efficacy beliefs are based; and the teacher's perceptions of satisfaction with teaching as a career. The overall findings of the study suggest that the teachers employed primarily short- term, relatively unsuccessful coping strategies for dealing with stress. In addition, they tended to base their evaluations of the environment and their own levels of teacher efficacy on restricted sources of data. The results indicate that the application of teacher efficacy principles may be useful in the reduction of teacher stress by influencing the ways in which individual teachers construct and interpret the school organizational climates in which they work. (Contains 33 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia