Identifying the Types of Student and Teacher Behaviours Associated with Teacher Stress

Jul. 16, 2008

Source: Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 23, Issue 5, July 2007, Pages 624-640

The objectives of this study were to identify the student behaviours associated with teacher stress and determine the types of teacher behaviours that may elicit these stressful student behaviours. Student teachers (n=186) and their supervising teachers (n=77) completed a stressful student behaviour questionnaire, a teacher behaviour questionnaire, and a teacher stress survey. Results showed that student lack of effort in class was most strongly associated with teacher stress. In addition, teacher behaviours were correlated with students’ behaviours of coming to class unprepared. However, few significant correlations were obtained when student behaviour and teacher behaviour data were provided by different sources.

Updated: Jun. 10, 2008