Stressors and stress symptoms of Life Science educators in schools in Tshwane North

Show simple item record Crafford, Magdalena J.A. Viljoen, Margaretha 2013-11-12T13:52:14Z 2013-11-12T13:52:14Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Increased workloads and curriculum changes have become an integral part of the teaching profession. Knowledge of the major stressors and stress symptoms of teachers is required for proper stress management. We therefore aimed to determine the major stressors and stress symptoms experienced by Grade 10–12 Life Science (previously known as Biology) educators in government schools in Tshwane North (Gauteng, South Africa), as well as to assess their time distribution and their needs with regard to academic support. Questionnaires were sent to the Grade 10–12 Life Science educators in 94 government schools in Tshwane North. Participation was voluntary and anonymous. Only teachers from 36 schools responded. A total of 53.9% of these educators indicated that they spend more than 50 hours each week on school-related activities, 17.3% of whom spend between 60 hours and 64 hours and 9.6% spend more than 74 hours. When asked if they had felt stressed during the 3 months preceding the study, 81.1% of respondents replied in the affirmative; 70.5% of whom felt that school-related factors contributed the most to their stress. Factors identified as major contributors to this stress were: learners’ poor behaviour and attitude and lack of discipline, lack of time, large class sizes, and teaching a learning area in which they were not trained. Educators indicated that they prefer assistance in the form of a book containing portfolio tasks with accompanying assessment tools and suggested memoranda, as well as workshops at their schools. Stress management programmes should be needs directed. Stressors can largely be alleviated by proper consultation and planning on the side of the higher authorities, additional academic support and the availability of appropriate funding. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2013 en_US
dc.description.librarian ay2013 en
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dc.identifier.citation Crafford MJA, Viljoen M. Stressors and stress symptoms of Life Science educators in schools in Tshwane North. S Afr J Sci. 2013;109(9/10), Art. #1117, 8 pages. 10.1590/sajs.2013/1117 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1590/sajs.2013/1117
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_US
dc.rights © 2013. The Authors. Published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. en_US
dc.subject Biology en_US
dc.subject Educators en_US
dc.subject Life sciences en_US
dc.subject Stress en_US
dc.subject Stressors en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers -- Job stress -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Stress management en
dc.title Stressors and stress symptoms of Life Science educators in schools in Tshwane North en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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