An Investigation of Psychological Burnout of Regular Education and Special Education Teachers in Kuwait

By Hamad Alajmi, Nawaf Alzafiri, Alhajri Meshari and Jerome M. Fischer.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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The purpose of this research was to investigate factors contributing to psychological burnout of regular and special education teachers. More specifically, this study reported the responses of survey participants to the Teacher Burnout Scale (TBC) designed by Seidman, S. A. and J. Zage in 1987. A total of 510 participants responded to the survey: 261 at regular (51.2%), and 249 special education teachers (48.8%). The instrument identified levels of psychological burnout of teachers. Additional variables studied included gender and years of professional experience. Results reported that female participants had higher burnout levels. In addition, teachers with 5 or less years of experience reported higher burnout levels. Findings have significant implications for professional development and teacher training to prevent and alleviate burnout.

Keywords: Teacher Burnout, Psychological Burnout, Professional Development

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.33-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 220.691KB).

Hamad Alajmi

Professor of Special Education, College of Basic Education, Kuwait

Nawaf Alzafiri

Associate Professor of Special Education, College of Basic Education, Kuwait

Dr. Alhajri Meshari

Assistant Professor, Special Education Department, College of Basic Education, Idiliya, Kuwait

Meshari Alhajri is an Assistant Professor in the area of Special Education studying the educational processes of children and youth.

Dr. Jerome M. Fischer

Professor and Ph.D Coordinator Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitative Services, University of Texas Pan-American, Edinburg, Texas, USA

Dr. Fischer obtained his doctorate at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1992. He has been a Professor at the University of Idaho since 1993 and now at the University of Texas Pan-American since 2009. He has 35 research publications in various topics but mainly in counseling ethics, multicultural counseling and emotional intelligence.