ERIC Number: EJ916581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Job Stress and Locus of Control in Teachers: Comparisons between Samples from the United States and Zimbabwe
Crothers, Laura M.; Kanyongo, Gibbs Y.; Kolbert, Jered B.; Lipinski, John; Kachmar, Steven P.; Koch, Gary D.
International Review of Education, v56 n5-6 p651-669 Dec 2010
This study examines the relationship between educators' locus of control and job stress using samples from the US and Zimbabwe. Multiple regression analyses are used to identify significant relationships in the US sample between teachers' external locus of control and the severity of the job stress that they experience, coupled with the perceived degree of organisational support received. However, this relationship between the locus of control and stress indices could not be identified for the Zimbabwean sample. Significant differences between the two samples were noted in terms of educators' perceptions of the frequency of poor organisational support, with the Zimbabwean teachers reporting greater dissatisfaction. To explain these differences, a qualitative approach was utilised to illuminate the contextual stressors that educators face in Zimbabwe. The implications for teacher preparation measures are discussed.
Descriptors: Locus of Control, Foreign Countries, Stress Variables, Comparative Analysis, Teacher Attitudes, Multiple Regression Analysis, Qualitative Research, Organizational Culture, Measures (Individuals)
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Identifiers - Location: United States; Zimbabwe