Pre-service teacher education and beginning teacher burnout

Goddard, Richard and O'Brien, Patrick (2007) Pre-service teacher education and beginning teacher burnout. In: AARE 2006: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2006: Engaging Pedagogies, 27-30 Nov 2006, Adelaide, South Australia.


A sample of Queensland teachers at the beginning of their careers was surveyed to test the hypothesis that pre-service teacher education is a significant predictor of early career burnout. A total of 100 probationary teachers in their first year of teaching were surveyed anonymously on one occasion. After controlling for a range of variables known to influence stress and burnout in teachers, the duration of a teacher’s pre-service teacher education program added significantly to the explanation of variance in Emotional Exhaustion and Depersonalization scores. Based on Hobfoll and Freedy’s (1993) conservation of resources theory, the results of the present study suggests that teachers who have completed significantly less than four years of pre-service teacher education may have commenced their careers lacking important internal resources for handling the high work demands characteristic of the profession.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:58
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 01:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: beginning teacher; teacher education; burnout; pre-service university training; teaching qualifications
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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