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Change-linked work-related stress in British teachers

Brown, M., Ralph, S. and Brember, I. (2002) Change-linked work-related stress in British teachers. Research in Education. 67, pp. 1-12. 0034-5237.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This article examines the impact of educational change and government initiatives on teachers. As a result, stress and its effective management are high on the agenda of many schools. It has been identified as a major factor in teacher job dissatisfaction, job-related illness and early retirement. The research identifies major stresses in primary and secondary schools. Adapting an illuminative research paradigm, it gave teachers the opportunity to voice concern in a series of focus groups, followed by individual focused interviews. Certain work-related stressors emerged as common, even though the causes of stress might be different for each individual or group of teachers. The research analysis grouped the stressors into eight clusters or factors. It confirmed the importance of considering both organisational and personal factors in any examination of teacher stress and that it is the relation between them which explains why stress is felt as a stigma by many teachers. The article suggests a number of strategies which school leaders need to consider as part of any management plans.
Additional Information: RAE2008 UoA45
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stress, change, work load, teacher voice, job dissatisfaction
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB3415 Teachers. Health and hygiene
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC963 Industrial medicine. Industrial hygiene
Creators: Brown, Marie, Ralph, Sue and Brember, I
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
Date: 1 May 2002
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 1-12
Journal or Publication Title: Research in Education
Volume: 67
Language: English
ISSN: 0034-5237
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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