Title

Teacher Experience and Cognitive Appraisals of Discipline Problems in the Classroom

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Department

Psychology and Special Education

Date of Award

Fall 2013

Abstract

The current research aims to examine cognitive appraisals of beginning teachers and experienced teachers concerning discipline problems in the classroom. It is hypothesized that beginning teachers generate more threat appraisals and less challenge appraisals when faced with a stressful disciplinary problem. It is believed that beginning teachers' appraisals of discipline problems in the classroom contributes to high attrition rates among this demographic of teachers. Participants were selected from education courses. There were 42 participants selected with 0-5 years teaching experience and 47 participants selected with greater than 5 years of experience teaching. Participants were administered the Stress Appraisal Measure (SAM) that examines both primary and secondary appraisals. Results indicate that beginning teachers and experienced teachers do not differ in their cognitive appraisals of discipline problems in the classroom

Advisor

Jennifer Schroeder

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Psychology

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