Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Landeche, Patricia Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com URN etd-07082009-090811 Title The Correlation Between Creativity and Burnout in Public School Classroom Teachers Degree Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Department Social Work Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Elaine M. Maccio Committee Chair Catherine M. Lemieux Committee Member Daphne S. Cain Committee Member Keywords
- social issues from burnout
- health consequences
Date of Defense 2009-06-24 Availability unrestricted AbstractLandeche, Patricia, B.A., University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1960
Master of Social Work, Summer Commencement, 2009
Major: Social Work
The Correlation Between Creativity and Burnout in Public School Classroom Teachers
Thesis directed by Assistant Professor Elaine M. Maccio
Pages in thesis 48. Words in Abstract 162.
Burnout of teachers in the public schools is affecting the quality of education the students are getting. Incorporating creativity into one’s life on a regular basis produces has the potential to heal both physical and emotional complaints. The hypothesis of this study is that there is a negative correlation between creativity and the intensity of the symptoms of burnout in teachers. An exploratory/descriptive study utilizing a non-experimental, cross-sectional design was used with a non-probability sample of 19 classroom teachers. A survey was given to public school classroom teachers in two schools in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. There were no correlations found between creativity and any of the aspects of burnout that were tested (i.e., emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment), perhaps due to the small sample size. However, there was a correlation between years of experience and depersonalization, one of the components of burnout (r = -.496, p < .05). More objective research still needs to be done, particularly longitudinal studies.
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