Teaching is a challenging profession. It needs high levels of emotional and sometimes physical input. This is part of the explanation why it can be therefore so rewarding. However, prolonged exposure to this atmosphere can escort people to the condition we call stress– fundamentally a negative state that can be defined as ‘an assault on self’. Stress is a negative feeling state which has both psychological and physical components.
The scale on the self-belief survey is an sign of the amount to which individuals feel they can accomplish a range of professional goals. Research has shown that those people with a higher than justified self-belief tend to cope better than those with realistic or low levels of self-effectiveness.
High scores on questions 1-3, 5 and 7-10 and low scores on 4, 6, 11 indicate upbeat self-beliefs (and vice versa).
Look through the responses you have received from your department and allow for additional responses specific to the feedback received, and to your particular school or department. Based on this feedback, the following causes of stress are most likely to be identified;
• Lack of ownership of key decisions.
• Limited control over professional development.
• Not being valued by students or leaders.
• Poor health.
• Personal circumstances.