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ERIC Number: ED576092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 202
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3697-1554-5
Burnout: Special Education Teachers Experiences with Career Demands
Curran, Anne
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
The purpose of this Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) study is to understand how special education (SPED) teachers make sense of their experiences as SPED teachers, how they view and understand factors that contribute to their career stress, as well as how they make sense of their relationships and experiences with other faculty, staff, and parents as well as how these relationships contribute to their feelings of stress and self-efficacy. Specifically, this study examines the influence of these experiences on teacher stress and burnout using the lens of the multidimensional burnout theory (Masloch, 1972) and the tenants of Bandura's (2001) self-efficacy theory to understand the intricate relationship between the personal, behavioral, and environmental influences. The following questions were used to guide this research: How do special education teachers describe their experience of being a special education teacher? And How do various factors--structures, practices, expectations and relationships contribute to their sense of challenge and stress? The findings indicate that the participants experienced varying levels of stress throughout their special education careers and their ability to deal with these stressors influenced their decisions to remain a SPED teacher or consider leaving special education. The findings of this study may lend new meaning and understanding in supporting SPED teacher's effectiveness, while conclusions drawn could be used to inform, create dialogue, and aide in the development of ways to mitigate stressors that impede special education teacher success. Finally, implications for practice and future research are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Language: English
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