Burnout confirmed as a viable explanation for beginning teacher attrition

O'Brien, Patrick and Goddard, Richard and Keeffe, Mary (2008) Burnout confirmed as a viable explanation for beginning teacher attrition. In: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference (AARE 2007): Research Impacts: Proving or Improving?, 25-29 Nov 2007, Fremantle, Australia.

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The present study investigated the hypothesis that early career burnout is significantly and positively associated with serious turnover intention in teachers at the beginning of their careers. A sample of 96 teachers working in their second year as teachers in Australia was surveyed in 2006 and confidentially asked about their perceptions of their work and whether they had any serious intentions to leave their job and/or their profession. Respondents were also administered the Educators version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI: Maslach, Jackson, & Leiter, 1996). Significant associations between serious intentions to leave current teaching position and all three MBI subscales were found. These findings replicate the results of two other independent studies investigating turnover intention and the experience of burnout in beginning teachers working in Australian education systems. Together these studies provide strong support for the view that early career burnout is a realistic and straightforward explanation for high early career attrition rates that have been reported as problematic for the teaching profession in a number of countries including Australia.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2008 06:10
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 23:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: beginning teachers; attrition; intention to leave; burnout; educational leadership; teacher professional learning; teachers' work; vocational education and training; academic professional development; post-graduate research and supervision; health and well being
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520104 Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3813

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