ERIC Number: ED522930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Precursors to Elementary Special Educators' Exodus from Teaching
Tepper, Erica L.; Palladino, John M.
The purpose of this multiple case study was to examine the relationship between compassion fatigue and elements of burnout among nine in-service elementary special education teachers in Michigan for the purpose of addressing the attrition rate common in special education. The objectives of the study were twofold: (a) to determine if novice elementary school special education teachers exhibit symptoms of burnout and to establish the most prevalent issues related to the subject and (b) to ascertain if elements of compassion fatigue are present and the needed recommendations in response to these symptoms. A script designed to identify how the participants personally and professionally respond to the demands of their elementary level special education teaching position guided the semi-structured, ninety minute interviews with each participant. The analysis process identified the language of burnout and compassion fatigue, as identified in the reported literature review, to determine symptoms of both constructs and suggestions for remedial strategies.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan