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Oct 16, 2020 12:00 Noon - Aug 31, 2021 01:45 PM(Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh)
20201016T1200 20201016T1345 Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh Occupational Stress experienced by Highschool English teachers: Stress level, Stressors and Coping Strategies

The teaching profession is universally considered stressful. In the context of Vietnamese education, the recent rapid changes in the educational and social context have put English teachers in a vulnerable position to stress. Meanwhile, serious teacher stress pose great threats to teachers' well-being and students' performances. Therefore, this exploratory study was carried out to discover the level of stress that 10 English teachers in a highschool in Haiphong city, Vietnam experience, as well as their stressors and coping strategies. The study adopted a mixed method, specifically triangular research design, which includes both quantitative and qualitative data collected by the Teacher Stress Questionnaire on the whole population and in-depth semi-structured interviews on three selected participants who demonstated varied stress level. Findings reveal that teachers experience from low to nearly moderate stress, majorly caused by (1) students' lack of motivation to learn English, (2) students' disciplinary issue, (3) pressure for achievement and (4) mismatching assessment content. The four stressors are found to be interrelated with each other. With regard to coping strategies, all participants interviewed tackle stress by (1) directly addressing the stressor, while other methods are also found, including (2) seeking support, (3) maintaining a positive attitude, (4) distancing from stressors and (5) relieving the feelings of stress. It is suggested that stakeholders including policy-makers, educational governance and school leaders take the findings of this study into consideration to better empathize with English teachers and to establish a network of support for teachers' psychological well-being.

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The teaching profession is universally considered stressful. In the context of Vietnamese education, the recent rapid changes in the educational and social context have put English teachers in a vulnerable position to stress. Meanwhile, serious teacher stress pose great threats to teachers' well-being and students' performances. Therefore, this exploratory study was carried out to discover the level of stress that 10 English teachers in a highschool in Haiphong city, Vietnam experience, as well as their stressors and coping strategies. The study adopted a mixed method, specifically triangular research design, which includes both quantitative and qualitative data collected by the Teacher Stress Questionnaire on the whole population and in-depth semi-structured interviews on three selected participants who demonstated varied stress level. Findings reveal that teachers experience from low to nearly moderate stress, majorly caused by (1) students' lack of motivation to learn English, (2) students' disciplinary issue, (3) pressure for achievement and (4) mismatching assessment content. The four stressors are found to be interrelated with each other. With regard to coping strategies, all participants interviewed tackle stress by (1) directly addressing the stressor, while other methods are also found, including (2) seeking support, (3) maintaining a positive attitude, (4) distancing from stressors and (5) relieving the feelings of stress. It is suggested that stakeholders including policy-makers, educational governance and school leaders take the findings of this study into consideration to better empathize with English teachers and to establish a network of support for teachers' psychological well-being.

Student
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University of Languages and International Studies, VNU Hanoi
University lecturer/Teacher educator
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University of Language and International Studies - Vietnam National University
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ULIS- VNU
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