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Teaching young children: perceived satisfaction and stress

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Abstract:

This paper explores how early years teachers feel about their work. Responses to an open-ended questionnaire indicated that teachers found working with young children both satisfying and rewarding. However, they felt they were being impeded by external factors, such as educational change and current curriculum initiatives, which caused them stress. More specifically, teachers expressed frustration in implementing policies that they felt were contrary to their own pedagogical understandings and professional values. It is concluded that teachers need to be more actively involved with consultation processes that affect their work.

Keywords: EARLY EDUCATION; KEY STAGE; PERCEIVED SATISFACTION AND STRESS; POLICY CHANGES; TEACHERS; TEACHERS' VIEWS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131880010021276

Publication date: February 1, 2001

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