Term of Award

Fall 2008

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Linda M. Arthur

Committee Member 1

Cordelia Zinskie

Committee Member 2

Lucindia Chance

Abstract

Personality type impacts so much of who an individual is and how he/she relates to various life situations and events. Teacher burnout is a contributing factor to ones stress, satisfaction, and continuation in the career of education. Because of the existing teacher shortage in the United States, administrators and policy makers need to understand the factors that contribute to burnout. Stressors that contribute to burnout in teaching include emotional exhaustion, a lack of professional guidance and peer support, and conflict with parents, peers, administrators, and students. Research into burnout suggests that some personality types may be more resilient to these stressors than others. A study of 108 teachers working in three public schools in Georgia was used to determine teacher burnout and relate this information to personality characteristics. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Form M was used to determine the personality types of the subjects, and the Maslach Educators Survey was used to identify the frequency and the degree of burnout experienced by the sample population. The data reveals demographic links to teacher burnout and the study emphasizes the attention that school system and building level administrators should focus on helping teachers avoid burnout.

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