Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music Education

First Advisor's Name

Janet Duguay Kirsten

First Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Catherine Rand

Third Advisor's Name

Erskine Dottin

Keywords

burn-out, music education, Miami-Dade County, other counties, attrition

Date of Defense

3-21-2011

Abstract

This study sought to determine whether there is a significant difference in the level of burn-out between general elementary music educators employed by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and general elementary music educators from the rest of Florida. Burn-out can be defined as a state where a professional feels completely fatigued, dehumanized, reduced in regard to achievement, chronic despair, and withdrawn (Dworkin, 1987). Previous studies of this syndrome have used a Maslach Burn-out Inventory (M.B.I) to assess burn-out indicators. This study examined morale in the current educational atmosphere, using a modified M.B.I. to identify differences between two sample sets: one from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and another from other Florida counties. Applying the Mann-Whitney U test to the results revealed significant differences between the two populations on four items. In conclusion, areas of high stress for teachers were related to the FCAT, administrative support, and job security.

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