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ERIC Number: EJ801663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0968-4883
Workplace Stress and the Student Learning Experience
Stevenson, Anne; Harper, Sarah
Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective, v14 n2 p167-178 2006
Purpose: To investigate the possible effects of workplace stress in academics on the student learning experience. Design/methodology/approach: Questionnaires were designed and distributed to all academic staff at a Scottish Higher Education Institute. This measured perceived levels of stress amongst academic staff and the possible impact of this on the learning experience of students. Findings: Stress can be seen to impact both negatively and positively on the student learning experience. However, over half of respondents considered themselves to be considerably or extremely stressed and similar levels perceive that stress causes their teaching to be "below par" thus impacting negatively on the student learning experience. Research limitations/implications: The research was carried out in one institution and hence results cannot be generalised to cover the whole higher education sector. Practical implications: The findings, together with a growing awareness of the impact of employee stress on organisations, emphasise the need for the institution, and individuals within it, to control stress levels to ensure the student learning experience does not suffer. The paper does not address the growing phenomenon of e-learning which may act as a stressor: further research is recommended in this area. Originality/value: This paper highlights that the detrimental effect of stress does not only impact upon members of staff; stress may also impact negatively on the student learning experience. (Contains 11 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)