ARE TEACHERS STRESSED AND SATISFIED? THE ANALYSIS OF COMPLEX INTERACTION EFFECTS USING TWO-STAGE LEAST SQUARES REGRESSION ANALYSIS.

Year: 1991

Author: Smith, Max, Bourke, Sid

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Recent studies have indicated that many teachers simultaneously report the experience of work-related stress and reasonably high levels of satisfaction with teaching. This apparently paradoxical relationship between teacher stress and satisfaction is analysed by considering teacher perceived workload and the frequency and intensity of stressful experiences as variables operating in association with perceived stress and satisfaction to produce complex causal relationships. Data on perceived teacher stress and satisfaction collected from 182 Hunter Region secondary classroom teachers were used to test a non-recursive causal model involving teacher work-related stress and satisfaction. Two- stage least squares regression analyses was used to test for the existence of bi-directional relationships between these variables. When the purpose of research is explanation, this limited information technique is shown to be a useful guide to aid understanding of complex interaction effects between such variables as stress, workload and satisfaction.

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