ERIC Number: ED464029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
"I Love Teaching English, But..." A Study of the Workload of English Teachers in B.C. Secondary Grades. BCTF Research Report.
Naylor, Charlie; Malcomson, John
This study surveyed secondary school English teachers in British Columbia, Canada to examine the nature and extent of teacher workload, teacher perceptions of workload-related stress, and teacher ability to cope with this stress. Surveys were distributed to secondary schools throughout the province, and 737 teachers responded. Results indicated that English teachers worked long hours, with an average work week of over 53 hours. Teachers were driven primarily by preparation and marking needs. Teachers reported that workload levels had increased in recent years. School organization played a major role in determining teacher perceptions of work load. These respondents reported high and increasing numbers of English as a Second Language students and students with special needs in their classrooms. They felt that they adjusted their teaching methods to cope with workload pressures, with some adjustments driven by workload coping requirements rather than pedagogical factors. Teachers reported widespread symptoms of stress and varying abilities to cope with stress. Age and gender were relevant variables in how stress and coping ability were perceived. The questionnaire is appended. (Contains 29 tables and 13 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Coping, English Teachers, Faculty Workload, Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions
British Columbia Teachers' Federation, 100-550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4P2 Canada ($10 Canadian). Tel: 604-871-2283; Tel: 800-663-9163 (Toll Free); Fax: 604-871-2294. For full text: http://www.bctf.ca/ResearchReports/2001-WLC-02.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Teachers' Federation, Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada