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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Hendriks, Erika Erna
Email erikahendriks@absamail.co.za
URN etd-11192007-083026
Document Title Streservarings van die onderwyser met betrekking tot leerders met gedrags- en emosionele probleme in die klas (Afrikaans)
Degree MEd (Educational Psychology)
Department Educational Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Prof A C Bouwer
  • stres x situasie
  • stres x konteks
  • stres x refleksie
  • streshantering
  • stress x emotions
  • stress x context
  • stress x teacher
  • stress x reflections
  • stress x situation
  • stress handling
  • stres x emosies
  • stres x onderwyser
Date 2007-03-07
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of the study was to attain a deeper sense of understanding of the teacherís stress experience during interactions with a learner suffering from behavioural and emotional problems. The study was undertaken within the interpretive paradigm. A qualitative research design of three case studies (schools, with two participants per school) was used. The case studies were carried out per school since the school establishes the context for the narrative of the stress experiences. Data capturing was conducted by means of semi-structured interviews.

The main themes that emanated from the interviews were: the emotions of the teachers, the handling of stress resulting from the relation to the learner and own stresses, and a general reflection of the teachers regarding their own stress experiences. An overall view was taken of the relationship between the context and participantsí stress experiences. The main findings showed a clear correlation between the intensity of the stress experience on the one hand, and the individualís perception of an incident and his/her need for control on the other. The headmasterís leadership style and the organizational culture can influence the participantsí experience and their handling of class incidents. Professional and personal stressors have a mutual influence on one another. Reflections appear to play a major part in how stress is dealt with.

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