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Title: An investigation into female kindergarten teachers' stress in Saudi Arabia
Author: Madini, Manal Ibrahim.
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2005
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This study considers stress in kindergarten teachers. It investigates the level and negative effects of that stress, common sources of stress, strategies employed by teachers for relieving stress at work, and finally the teachers' suggestions for reducing stress. The study was conducted within kindergartens in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, using quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection. Quantitative data were derived from questionnaires which were administered to a representative sample of kindergarten teachers (135 public and 123 private), while qualitative data were gathered through interviews with 24 kindergarten teachers, and supported by classroom observations. Interviews with headteachers and inspectors of the kindergartens were conducted to form a more complete picture. Over 90% of the sample stated that working as a kindergarten teacher was either moderately or very stressful. The study determined that some sources of stress are contingent on being kindergarten teachers in Saudi Arabia, other sources are shared with teachers in other stages, and still others are related to working women in general. The coping strategies are categorised as palliative or direct, and are examined for efficacy. The prevalence and level of stress, the wide variety of its causes, and its serious effects on the teachers themselves are assessed. These are related to the general school atmosphere, friction among employees, and effects upon the children, which in tum could impede their progress at subsequent stages. The study concludes with recommendations with regard to kindergarten teaching, school buildings and working women generally in Saudi Arabia.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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