Burnout confirmed as a viable explanation for beginning teacher attrition

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O'Brien, Patrick, Goddard, Richard and Keeffe, Mary. 2008. "Burnout confirmed as a viable explanation for beginning teacher attrition ." Jeffery, Peter L. (ed.) AARE 2007: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2007: Research Impacts: Proving or Improving?. Fremantle, Australia 25 - 29 Nov 2007 Fremantle, Australia.
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Burnout confirmed as a viable explanation for beginning teacher attrition

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsO'Brien, Patrick (Author), Goddard, Richard (Author) and Keeffe, Mary (Author)
EditorsJeffery, Peter L.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference (AARE 2007)
ERA Conference ID50546
Number of Pages20
Year2008
Place of PublicationFremantle, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.aare.edu.au/07pap/obr07567.pdf
Conference/EventAARE 2007: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2007: Research Impacts: Proving or Improving?
International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education
Event Details
AARE 2007: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2007: Research Impacts: Proving or Improving?
Event Date
25 to end of 29 Nov 2007
Event Location
Fremantle, Australia
Event Details
International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education
Abstract

The present study investigated the hypothesis that early career burnout is significantly and positively associated with serious turnover intention in teachers at the beginning of their careers. A sample of 96 teachers working in their second year as teachers in Australia was surveyed in 2006 and confidentially asked about their perceptions of their work and whether they had any serious intentions to leave their job and/or their profession. Respondents were also administered the Educators version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI: Maslach, Jackson, & Leiter, 1996). Significant associations between serious intentions to leave current teaching position and all three MBI subscales were found. These findings replicate the results of two other independent studies investigating turnover intention and the experience of burnout in beginning teachers working in Australian education systems. Together these studies provide strong support for the view that early career burnout is a realistic and straightforward explanation for high early career attrition rates that have been reported as problematic for the teaching profession in a number of countries including Australia.

Keywordsbeginning teachers; attrition; intention to leave; burnout; educational leadership; teacher professional learning; teachers' work; vocational education and training; academic professional development; post-graduate research and supervision; health and well being
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
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