Crisis in Education: Stress and Burnout in the American Teacher

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?Without question, Farber's book on teacher burnout is the most comprehensive, analytic, and instructive book on the topic, and I urge the reader to study it.?--Seymour B. Sarason, author, The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform

Teacher burnout is one of the most significant contributors to the problems of our educational system. From an historical perspective, Barry A. Farber reveals America's ambivalence toward teachers that makes the job untenable, and brings readers within reach of a ...

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Overview

?Without question, Farber's book on teacher burnout is the most comprehensive, analytic, and instructive book on the topic, and I urge the reader to study it.?--Seymour B. Sarason, author, The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform

Teacher burnout is one of the most significant contributors to the problems of our educational system. From an historical perspective, Barry A. Farber reveals America's ambivalence toward teachers that makes the job untenable, and brings readers within reach of a solution to a complex problem that drains the best teachers from our schools.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Low morale and a high rate of attrition in education today are symptoms of ``teacher burnout,'' according to Farber, director of the clinical psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. The quality of education is reduced as many potentially good teachers choose new career paths rather than tolerate negative factors--disrespect, criticism from parents, low pay, lack of appreciation. In a professional study, Farber presents case histories and interviews with teachers, documenting that teachers are at a seemingly overwhelming disadvantage against pressures ranging from violence to religious fundamentalism. The book's discouraging findings are supplemented with suggestions for remedies. (Apr.)
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Farber, a psychologist and former teacher, has provided a solid overview of the concept of teacher burnout. He combines discussions of past and current research with case studies illustrating the topic. Coverage includes sources of burnout, symptoms, public image of teachers and how it relates to burnout, and types of stressful teaching situations. The final chapter discusses some solutions which have been attempted and the problems associated with them. He also gives other suggestions for improvement. Broader in scope than Andrea Dworkin's Teacher Burnout in the Public School (SUNY Pr., 1987), this is a well-documented discussion of an important topic. An extensive bibliography is included. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-- Sharon L. Bostick, Univ. of Toledo Lib., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555422714
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1991
  • Series: Education-Higher Education Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

1. What Is Burnout?

2. Sources of Teacher Stress and Burnout

3. Symptoms and Types: Worn-Out, Frenetic, and Underchallenged Teachers

4. Idealism and Disillusionment: Who Teaches, Who Leaves, and Why

5. Blaming the Teacher: The Troubling Legacy of the Sixties

6. Through the Looking Glass: How the Media Reflect, Distort, and Influence Our View of Teaching(with Leonard D. Wechsler)

7. The Erosion of Public Respect for Teachers: A Historical View

8. Teaching in an Urban Setting: Stories from the Classroom(with Leonard D. Wechsler)

9. Teaching in Other Contexts: Suburban, Rural, Private, and Special Education Classrooms(with Leonard D. Wechsler)

10. Dealing with Teacher Burnout: Some Solutions and Their Problems

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