Gender implication of perceptions of trustworthiness of School Administration and teacher burnout/job stress

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Timms, Carolyn
Graham, Deborah
Caltabiano, Marie
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2006
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The current study is part of a broader study which explored relationships between teacher perceptions of School Administration Trustworthiness and teacher burnout and trust. Gender issues were of apparent importance due to increasing feminisation of the teaching workforce in Australia. Aim: This study sought to explore possible differences in teachers regarding perceptions of school administration trustworthiness, which may well pertain to gender. Sample: Participants were 90 currently serving teachers in Queensland Independent Schools. Method: Survey instruments included measures for perceptions of administration trustworthiness (ability, benevolence and integrity), morale, participative decision making, trust, burnout and job stress. Results: There were significant effects for gender and school, with female primary teachers experiencing more burnout job stress than male primary teachers, and secondary teachers (male and female). Female primary and secondary teachers reported less confidence in school administration. trustworthiness when compared to male primary and secondary teachers, although this differentiation was more pronounced in the primary school. Conclusion: It is proposed that further study using empirical measures of work overload, a more useful measure of burnout and a qualitative survey instrument be undertaken to further differentiate dissatisfactions of female primary teachers. Current practices which contribute to emotional exhaustion and inefficacy among female teachers require scrutiny. Possible inequity in primary schools is worthy of more sustained investigation.

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Australian Journal of Social Issues

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41

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3

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Human society

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