The stress involved in a career in teaching has increased considerably in recent years. In England and Wales the implementation of the Education Reform Act has led to a whole range of organisational and curricular changes to add to the existing pressures of discipline problems, poor working conditions and low pay. Anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and even physical illness are just some of the symptoms that result.
This established guide, now wholly updated for teachers and managers in the 1990s, shows how to recognize the signs of stress and how to develop strategies to control it. Its practical advice, field-tested in numberous workshops for teachers and heads, should help scholls to reduce pressures on their staff by the development of satisfactory whole-school policies and teachers to be more effective in the management of their own stress levels.
Table of Contents
List of figures, List of tables, Preface to the second edition, List of abbreviations, 1 INTRODUCTION, 2 PROBLEMS CAUSED BY ORGANIZATIONAL AND CURRICULAR CHANGES BEFORE THE REFORM ACT 1988, 3 THE EFFECTS OF THE REFORM ACT 1988 ON TEACHERS’ ROLES, 4 PROBLEMS OF ROLE CONFLICT AND ROLE AMBIGUITY, 5 PRESSURES OF CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOUR, 6 PROBLEMS CAUSED BY DIFFICULT WORKING CONDITIONS, 7 PRESSURES ON THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM, 8 PRESSURES ON MIDDLE MANAGEMENT, 9 IDENTIFICATION OF STRESS REACTIONS, 10 TEACHERS’ COPING RESOURCES, 11 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STRENGTHENING PERSONAL AND INTERPERSONAL RESOURCES, 12 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STRENGTHENING ORGANIZATIONAL RESOURCES, Appendix: Teachers’ reactions to industrial action, Bibliography, Index
Dr Jack Dunham, Jack Dunham
`This book is to be recommended as a valuable contribution to teacher stress literature generally. Teachers and school managers should find this an informative and useful handbook even reassuring in certain ways. I would also recommend it to anyone even remotely concerned with the plight of teachers as we approach the thired millennium.' - Educational Psychology Vol 13
`This is a fascinatingly readable book.' - Education
`..a very informative and readable text...Dunham has fulfilled a supplementary aim to help teachers rediscover the "variety and continuing challenge of teaching".' - The Psychologist