More teacher training would help teachers cope with job stress

April 4, 2014

A study by University of Regina Faculty of Education professors reveals that many young teachers go into their careers with insecurities about certain classroom situations, and that additional training in those areas would reduce anxiety amongst the teachers. The longitudinal study, led by uRegina Associate Professor Ron Martin, began with a survey of more than 700 seasoned teachers in Regina and Saskatoon that examined their jobs, workloads and health. According to the data, the main causes for insecurity and stress among teachers are managing problematic behaviour, working with diverse needs, and struggling with legal and ethical issues. A group of 4th-year education students at uRegina then took a series of seminars around these issues; the study’s researchers then followed these and other students for 3 years, every 6 months having them complete a survey on their anxiety and depression levels. The students who received extra training went into their first job with a lower level of anxiety, exhibited significantly less stress, and largely avoided the first-year-on-the-job spike in stress, compared to the students who did not take the training. Leader-Post