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Graduating Teacher Experiences of Factors Relating to Teacher Burnout and Attrition during their Teacher Training

  • Author / Creator
    Steedman, Christie-Lee M.
  • The following study presents qualitative case studies with an interpretive emphasis informed by hermeneutics, on how pre-service teachers have experienced, responded to, and thought about factors relating to teacher burnout and attrition. The topic, problem and purpose came about because of personal experiences of the researcher and a current gap in the literature. The importance of the research relates to understanding the emotions of future educators, which may lead to insight into the high rates of teacher burnout and attrition in Alberta. The procedure involved interviewing two participants who had either recently completed, or were in the final term of completing their teacher training program. Case studies were developed for each participant, and then the case studies were analyzed in order to find common themes. The themes identified included: 1) Desire to be the best teacher they can be, 2) Professional guidelines hinder the helping relationship, 3) Autonomy is important as a teacher, 4) Leading an authentic life will be meaningful, 5) Having a profession, and 6) The future as a teacher is uncertain. Each theme will be discussed in relation to the literature, and implications and limitations conclude the thesis.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3X63BC2G
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Psychological Studies in Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Buck, George (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Whelton, William (Educational Psychology)
    • Ellis, Julia (Elementary Education)