London, Trentham, 2002, 189 s. ISBN 1-85856-273-2
Bogomtale fra forlaget.
'Eggshell days' is how one teacher in this study describes the experience of
stress. Stressed teachers here relate their experiences, perceptions and
feelings as they hit rock-bottom. They describe the help and the strategies that
enable them to recover and the ways they renegotiate their lives to move
forward. Their stories throw light on what has become a crucial - and increasing
- personal, family and societal issue that is increasingly prevalent among
educators and other public service providers. They also offer hope to others in
a similar plight.
The book examines the individual psychologies of this
group of stressed teachers, their work patterns, roles and relationships - and
their steps towards recovery. It also highlights the ways the current education
system contributes to teacher stress and indicates how dysfunctional school
support systems can be changed so that teachers work in a collegiate and
The authors' findings will help to alleviate and even prevent occupational
stress amongst not only teachers and others in caring professions.
Dr Denise Carlyle is a former teacher and carried out research at the Open
University. Dr Peter Woods is Professor of Education at the Open University and
Research Professor at the University of Plymouth.