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ERIC Number: EJ1168607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Mixed-Methods Analysis of Rural Special Educators' Role Stressors, Behavior Management, and Burnout
Garwood, Justin D.; Werts, Margaret G.; Varghese, Cheryl; Gosey, Leanne
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v37 n1 p30-43 Mar 2018
The researchers of this study used a mixed-methods approach to understand issues of rural special education teacher burnout. Results of survey responses (n = 64) and follow-up focus group interviews (n = 12) from rural special education teachers indicated several factors contributing to stress and burnout. Teachers noted that lack of clarity in their roles, too many facets to the roles, emotional exhaustion, and lack of accomplishment contributed to their perceptions. Good working relationships with colleagues and administrators, building relationships with students, and a high level of self-advocacy were noted as helping to maintain mental health and a work--life balance. Possible steps to alleviate risk factors of rural special education teacher burnout are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Maslach Burnout Inventory
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