Well-Being, Burnout and Competence : Implications for Teachers

Hitendra Pillay, Richard Goddard, Lynn Wilss
2005 Australian Journal of Teacher Education  
Traditionally, the teaching role has been one of nurturing and developing students' potential. However, teachers' work today comprises a complex mix of various factors that include teaching; learning new information and skills; keeping abreast of technological innovations and dealing with students, parents and the community. These are demanding roles and there are growing concerns about teacher well-being and competence. In particular, teachers are experiencing increasing levels of attrition,
more » ... ress and burnout. This study investigated the relationship between burnout and competence for a sample of mid-career teachers in primary and secondary schools in Queensland. The results break new ground in reporting a negative association between the MBI subscale Depersonalization and competence that may be attributed to a distancing mechanism in difficult human interactions. Overall, the findings of this study hold implications for teacher training courses and the well-being and competence of teachers.
doi:10.14221/ajte.2005v30n2.3 fatcat:st6vski5lnbkrfttgnaqeq7twq