Well-being, burnout and competence: Implications for teachers

Pillay, Hitendra K., Goddard, Richard, & Wilss, Lynn A. (2005) Well-being, burnout and competence: Implications for teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 30(2), pp. 22-33.


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, stress 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.

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ID Code: 8831
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Australian Journal of Teacher Education is an open access journal. See link above for access to the contents of this journal.
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Keywords: Teacher stress, well, being, teacher competence
ISSN: 0313-5373
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Deposited On: 01 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:39

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