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ERIC Number: EJ983309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
"Like an Iceberg Floating Alone": A Case Study of Teacher Stress at a Victorian Primary School
Burchielli, Rosaria; Bartram, Timothy
Australian Journal of Education, v50 n3 p312-327 Nov 2006
This paper presents the case study of a culturally diverse, inner suburban, primary school located on a government housing estate. We report on high levels of stress amongst the teachers at the school and find evidence of professional bureaucratic conflict. Two main findings are reported. First, that teacher stress is attributed to a combination of factors: the unique school characteristics which are not fully acknowledged by the governing bureaucracy; the ensuing professional-bureaucratic conflict resulting from a lack of acknowledgment and inadequate resourcing; and importantly, tensions relating to professional values and standards. Second, that stress can be somewhat ameliorated by the use of proactive teacher and whole-school responses, and that further reduction of stress requires a systemic response.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia