Teaching M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

McCormick, Peg

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser


Burnout in the American Education System is a major concern, with impacts connected to student achievement, teacher turnover, as well as the physical and mental health of teachers. Tools, such as the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the Areas of Worklife Survey can be used to track, measure, and predict burnout in educators. This investigation summarizes available research on the causes of, and effects of burnout in schools as well as recommendations in the research to mitigate burnout. Burnout thrives in schools where teachers lack autonomy, unresolved disagreements linger, promotion decisions are made based on whim rather than merit, accomplishments go unacknowledged, pay is lower than expected, and daily work takes more than one workday to complete. Conversely, burnout diminishes in workplaces where the opposite is true: teachers are rewarded for their successes, the community is collaborative, deadlines are reasonable, and teachers and administrators mutually trust each other to perform their jobs professionally.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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