Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Inside the Teacher’s Lounge: Teachers’ Perspectives on Their Well-being
by Francis, Maryann, Ed.D., California State University, Los Angeles, 2019, 151; 22615378
Abstract (Summary)

The demands of teaching continue to increase teacher burnout, stress, and unhealthy classroom environments as the pressures on teachers remain consistent. Given the necessity of prepared teachers in the classroom and the need for teachers to locate available emotional resources, this study explores the features that teachers attribute to their well-being, including the factors that both promote it and inhibit it. The purpose of this study is to narrate and display the contextual stressors experienced by teachers and gain an understanding as to how it impacts their perceived well-being. The sample includes four teachers from the middle and high school level, teaching varying subjects, and with over twenty years of teaching experience. Data were collected through interviews and artifacts and later analyzed thematically within a qualitative, embedded case study. The themes that emerged includes school climate uncertainties, work/life imbalance, and governing well-being. The self-determination theory is used to understand the cause of disruptions in enhancing the motivation and performance quality of teachers through the innate needs of autonomy, relatedness, and competence. Overall, the findings of this study suggest that a teacher’s well-being is influenced by the interactions between their relational, personal, and professional realms, and within those realms or systems, school-influenced stressors may either promote or inhibit their well-being, depending on how they allow it to interact with them.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ulanoff, Sharon H.
Commitee: André-Bechely, Lois, Snow, Marguerite Ann
School: California State University, Los Angeles
Department: Applied and Advanced Studies in Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education, Psychology
Keywords: Healthy classroom, Self determination, Teacher burnout, Teacher motivation, Teacher stress, Teacher well being
Publication Number: 22615378
ISBN: 9781088380659
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