Education with A Concentration in Educational Leadership
The program of study is Doctor of Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership.
Teaching is a challenging profession with high levels of stress and mental disorders frequently occurring (Jackson & Rothmann, (2005) Educator’s experience stress creates an unprofessional work environment resulting in educators experiencing anxiety that leads to mental health concerns. The pressures of the profession manifest themselves very early. They are very evident in the teacher preparation process well before students become teachers in their own classrooms Gold, Y., & Roth, R. A. (1993). The problem is that leadership demands, and culture norms create an unprofessional work environment resulting in educators experiencing anxiety that leads to mental health concerns. Many teachers experience burnout because of prolonged functioning in a highly stressful working environment (Oberle & Schonert-Reichl, 2016). Participant stories provide data within this proposed study to inform education stakeholders of teacher experiences related to stress. Comment by Roxanne Williams: (Jackson & Rothmann, 2005). Comment by Roxanne Williams: unclear; see my notes within the week 7 assignment feedbac Comment by Roxanne Williams: In scholarly writing do not use first and second person pronouns. Also, do not begin sentences with pronouns such as: there, this, that, it, etc. They, their, he, she, her, him, etc. are labeled third person pronouns, but these pronouns are, technically, also considered non-scholarly words in dissertations. Comment by Roxanne Williams: Please look at the APA 7th edition manual chapter 8. The pages cover the correct formatting of citations. See Table 8.1 on page 266 for in-text citation styles. Also, the APA 7th edition student paper template includes examples of how to cite sources. Comment by Roxanne Williams: citation required
The purpose of this proposed qualitative narrative inquiry study is to understand the stories of public 6th-8th grade teachers who have experienced stress related to their jobs in Harlem, New York.
R1. What were the participants’ feelings about teaching in their current school district as related to stressful experiences?
R2. What were the cultural factors and what were the interrelationships with other people in their school district related to stressful experiences?
R3. What was the physical environment during the stressful experiences?
The chosen method for this proposed study is qualitative. Creswell and Creswell (2017) explained qualitative researchers collect data through inductive processes, as opposed to quantitative researchers beginning with deductive processes. According to Creswell and Creswell qualitative research includes participant perceptions and feeling expressed through interviews, focus groups, and possible open-ended surveys. The authors further explained quantitative researchers demonstrate deductive processes involving predetermined hypotheses to support elements of a given theory. The author of the proposed study mirrors Creswell and Creswell’s definition of qualitative research through the purpose and research questions of the study. No hypotheses will be stated, but participants will be asked open-ended questions to learn of classroom experiences. The qualitative method is the preferred choice to investigate participant perceptions and feelings.