ERIC Number: EJ831176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 19
Burnout among Elementary School Principals
Combs, Julie; Edmonson, Stacey L.; Jackson, Sherion H.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v5 n4 p10-15 Win 2009
As the understanding of burnout continues to be refined, studies that examine school principals and burnout will be helpful to those who provide support to school leaders and are concerned about principal attrition and pending shortages. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between burnout and gender, age, and years experience for elementary principals. The sampling frame consisted of 4,206 elementary principals in a southwestern state. Principals were randomly selected to receive a mailed questionnaire and 228 questionnaires were returned. In this study, 8.8% of the elementary principals reported that they were experiencing burnout. Generally, principals with burnout had lower levels of morale related to their work. Maslach's (1982) stages of burnout (i.e., emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, decreased personal accomplishment) are supported by these findings. Reasonably, as principals experience higher levels of burnout, career satisfaction and general morale decline.
Descriptors: Teacher Burnout, Morale, Principals, Elementary Schools, Anxiety, Fatigue (Biology), Administrator Role, Administrators, Academic Achievement, Administrator Characteristics, Questionnaires, Accountability
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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