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Factors that lead to the positive and negative stress in secondary school teachers of mathematics and science

Mujtaba, T; Reiss, M; (2013) Factors that lead to the positive and negative stress in secondary school teachers of mathematics and science. Oxford Review of Education , 39 (5) pp. 627-648.

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Abstract

This paper explores the factors that contribute to the development of positive stress and distress in teachers within secondary schools in England. It draws on narrative interviews undertaken with twelve mathematics and science teachers in six schools and focuses on three of these teachers to explore issues in more depth. The findings demonstrate that the use by teachers of appropriate coping mechanisms, e.g. actively seeking out preferable alternatives, and access to professional and personal support, with the right frame of mind, namely, seeing stressors as capable of being overcome, can produce desirable consequences for the teachers through their use of stress in a positive, healthy manner and lessen the likelihood of negative long-term effects associated with distress.

Type: Article
Title: Factors that lead to the positive and negative stress in secondary school teachers of mathematics and science
UCL classification: UCL > School of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1538310
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