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Home > News > Professional Issues > Professional Issues Volume 11 > Teacher burnout: survey to investigate causality

Teacher burnout: survey to investigate causality

stressed_teacher_web_quality.jpgMembers are encouraged to participate in a new study aiming to investigate the main causes of teacher burnout – an issue that has long characterised the teaching profession. 

Issue snapshot:

  • Burnout is an issue that continues to characterise the teaching profession.
  • A new study seeks to investigate the main causes of teacher burnout.
  • Members are encouraged to participate in the study in order to provide professional insights. 

Monash University PhD Student Natalia Rajendran’s study will look at how certain job demands, particularly workload, impact burnout in turn affecting absenteeism, turnover intentions and mental health. 

As part of the research, a wellbeing survey of primary and secondary teachers is being conducted. 

The aim of this study is to explore some of the correlates of burnout and to determine what role they play in turnover intentions and wellbeing. 

It is well accepted that teaching is a career with elevated levels of stress and burnout, and ¬¬this study seeks to investigate the key factors that cause this stress and to explore what may help reduce burnout levels. 

More than one in four Australian teachers suffer from emotional exhaustion after starting their careers and expect to leave the profession early. 

IEUA-QNT Research Officer Adele Schmidt said that high attrition levels need to be addressed given the impact on the future of the profession.

“It’s important that we support teachers in managing work-related stress and workload.

“Studies such as this highlight some of the forces which we know are not allowing teachers to do what they do best – teach. 

“Increasing workloads and employer failure to address outdated hours of duty schedules are just some of the factors hindering teachers’ ability to use their professional judgement. 

This in turn is adding to stress levels and the eventual burnout of teachers, forcing them to leave the profession far too soon,” Ms Schmidt said. 

Current primary and secondary school teacher members are invited to participate in the anonymous online 20 minute survey. 

Our union encourages members to participate in this survey as with essential input from those working in the profession, studies such as this can provide a basis for addressing these issues and implementing appropriate support for teacher wellbeing. 

Members who are interested in participating in this study can complete the survey here.  

To read more about the study click here

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.