State report card rating, poverty and burnout : South Carolina high school principal perspectives

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Susan Gramling-Vasquez (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Sandra Tonnsen

Abstract: This study analyzed the relationship between the South Carolina state report card rating and principal burnout, as well as the relationship between school poverty level and principal burnout using Maslach’s three dimensions of burnout. No studies have been conducted on the perceived burnout level of principals as it relates to the state report card rating and the poverty index of schools since the implementation of NCLB and EAA. The study also examined the relationship between principal burnout and variables such as perceived ability to handle stress, principal race, total years in education, training in stress management, grade configuration of school, student demographics and school size. All secondary principals of public high schools in South Carolina were invited to participate in the survey using the MBI-ES. The results of this study indicate that the state report card ratings, poverty indices of their schools and state and national policies that impact education may impact the burnout levels of principals in the long term. As NCLB and EAA continue to be implemented, levels of Emotional Exhaustion and Depersonalization may continue to rise and Personal Accomplishment may decline.

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Language: English
Date: 2009
High school principals -- Job stress -- South Carolina
Burn out (Psychology)
Educational accountability -- South Carolina
United States. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

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