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Investigating First Year Education Students' Stress Level

Geng, Gretchen and Midford, Richard (2015). Investigating First Year Education Students' Stress Level. Australian Journal of Teacher Education,40(6 - Article No. 1).

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Title Investigating First Year Education Students' Stress Level
Author Geng, Gretchen
Midford, Richard
Journal Name Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 40
Issue Number 6 - Article No. 1
eISSN 1835-517X
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84931031570
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Edith Cowan University
Field of Research 330000 Education
320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract This paper investigated the stress levels of first-year education students who undertake teaching practicum and theory units during their first year of teacher education program. First, 139 first-year and 143 other years’ education students completed the PSS-10 scale, which measures perceived level of stress. Then, 147 first-year education students completed an online questionnaire to identify the particular stressors in their learning experience. The first-year education students had significantly higher stress levels than other years’ education students, (p < .01). Contributing stressors included academic work commitment; completing placement and related performance assessments in schools and at university; having a good understanding of the requirements of professional teaching, such as classroom management, and working with mentor teachers; and conflicting work and family commitments. These findings provide greater understanding about the stressors experienced by first-year education students and usefully inform ways to help this group achieve their study and career goals.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2015v40n6.1   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)


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