Understanding and Preventing Teacher Burnout: A Sourcebook of International Research and Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-11-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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'Burnout' was first investigated in the 1970s as a crisis of overextended and disillusioned human service workers. But the nature of the syndrome has changed with the evolutions in the nature of these professions. The current experience of burnout is lived out in a more difficult social context, with human service workers struggling harder for social credibility and job security. For instance, through the greater demands on their time and energy, teachers are being pressed to do more work with fewer resources, while receiving fewer rewards and less recognition of their efforts. The objective of this volume is to provide different perspectives and a deeper understanding of the nature, conditions and consequences of burnout, notably in the teaching profession. To do this, the contributions review much research in the field, describing research agenda and action agendas designed to combat the incidence of burnout in the workplace.

Table of Contents

Part I. Principal Analyses and Reviews: 1. The nomological network of teacher burnout: a literature review of North American research with an empirical validate model Barbara M. Bryne
2. Stress and burnout in the teaching profession: European studies, salient issues and research perspectives Bernd Rudow
3. Teacher stress and burnout in times of reform Mark A. Smylie
4. Teacher burnout: a critical challenge for leaders of restructuring schools Kenneth A. Leithwood, Teresa Menzies, Doris Jantzi and Jennifer Leithwood
5. Intensification and stress in teaching Peter Woods
6. Reframing teacher burnout in the context of school reform and teacher development in the USA Lynne Miller
Part II. Commentaries on Personal, Social and Institutional Issues: 7. Inconsequentiality - the key to understanding teacher burnout Barry A. Farber
8. Turning our schools into healthier workplaces: bridging professional self-efficacy and professional demands Isaac A. Friedman
9. Teacher careers: between burnout and fading away? Reflections from a narrative and biographical perspective Geert Kelchtermans
10. A psycho-social interpretation of teacher stress and burnout Willy Lens and Saul Neves de Jesus
11. Burnout among teachers as a crisis in psychological contracts Michael P. Leiter
12. Progress in understanding teacher burnout Christina Maslach
13. Teachers' moral purposes: stress, vulnerability and strength Jennifer Nias
14. Teacher burnout from a social-cognitive perspective: a theoretical position paper Ralf Schwarzer and Esther Greenglass
15. Professional identity, school reform and burnout: some reflections on teacher burnout Peter Sleegers
16. Conflicting mindscapes and the inevitability of stress in teaching Thomas J. Sergiovanni
17. Do teachers burn out more easily? A comparison between teacher and other social professions on work stress and burnout symptoms P. de Heus and Rene F. W. Diekstra
18. Teacher burnout: an historical perspective Patricia Albjerg Graham
Part III. Looking Ahead: Individuals and Workplace: 19. Teacher burnout: a research agenda Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter
20. Beyond individual burnout: to perspectives for improved schools: Guidelines for the prevention of burnout Geert Kelchtermans and Anton Strittmatter.

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