Does a Rural Teacher’s Work Dissatisfaction and Work Experience Influence Burnout Syndrome Formation?

By Valerijs Dombrovskis, Svetlana Guseva and Sergejs Capulis.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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In modern society the prestige of a teacher’s profession is declining. Sometimes an opinion is expressed that the number of teachers dissatisfied with their work is growing. Therefore, the aim of the research conducted was to clarify whether the level of a rural teacher’s work dissatisfaction varies depending on his/her work experience and whether there exists a correlation between professional burnout and the level of work satisfaction/dissatisfaction. The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and V. A. Rosanova’s “Work Satisfaction” test were used. A positive significant correlation between work experience and the emotional exhaustion level of the burnout syndrome has been found with teachers whose experience is over 10 years. A statistically significant correlation between work dissatisfaction and the teachers’ experience of less than 10 years has not been found. As a result of the research, it has been established that formation of a rural teacher’s burnout syndrome does not depend on the work satisfaction/dissatisfaction level; burnout starts revealing itself after 10 years of work. For efficient management, school administration needs to be systematically informed about the work satisfaction level and professional burnout. This kind of information allows detecting the main sources of current and potential organizational problems and analyzing the reasons for delay of a teacher’s professional self-actualization.

Keywords: Professional Burnout, Teacher, Work Satisfaction

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 22, Issue 4, December, 2015, pp.11-19. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 24, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 423.850KB)).

Dr. Valerijs Dombrovskis

Docent, The Department of Pedagogy and Educational Psychology, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia

Dr. Svetlana Guseva

Docent, Department of Pedagogy and Educational Psychology, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia

Dr. Sergejs Capulis

Docent, Department of Sports, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia