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ERIC Number: EJ787154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
Teacher Burnout in Special Education: The Causes and the Recommended Solutions
Fore, Cecil, III; Martin, Christopher; Bender, William N.
High School Journal, v86 n1 p36-44 Oct-Nov 2002
While many areas in education are experiencing teacher shortages, the retention of special education teachers in particular is a critical concern in many schools across the nation. Even prior to the developing national teacher shortage, educators were voicing concerns about higher burnout and/or teacher attrition rates in special education as compared to general education. Clearly, hidden within the growing national teacher shortage in all certification areas, the ongoing burnout of special education teachers has become an important liability in the provision of appropriate educational services to students with disabilities. The purpose of this paper is to describe the burnout/teacher retention problem in the field of special education, within the context of today's classrooms. Here, a synthesis of research on teacher burnout within special education is presented. Next, several specific and malleable factors are explored more completely--teacher stress and mentoring for new teachers. Finally, suggestions for increasing retention of teachers in special education are presented. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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