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ERIC Number: EJ1031492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1065-6219
Spiritual Practices as a Means of Coping with and Ameliorating Stress to Reduce Teacher Attrition
Hartwick, James M. M.; Kang, Shin Ji
Journal of Research on Christian Education, v22 n2 p165-188 2013
Teacher attrition has been a serious problem in maintaining quality education in the United States. Although the research produced extensive documentation on teachers' stress and attrition, little attention has been paid to their spiritual stress coping strategies. This article documents various spiritual practices as a means of coping with stress employed by teachers with religious beliefs and illustrates how they process stress using spiritual practices. Many teachers report managing professional stress through spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, and reading devotionals or scripture. The findings suggest implications for public and private, especially Christian, teacher preparation, professional development, and future research.
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Language: English
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