Gallegos, Cristal I (2015-05). An Investigation of Stress Experienced by the Novice Teacher. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon


  • The research conducted during this study consisted of examining the stressors experienced by the novice-teacher. The purpose for conducting this study was to examine the steadily increasing teacher attrition rate among beginning teachers, which has reached the highest it has ever been. It is believed that stressors experienced by novice teachers are major contributors to the high teacher attrition rates in today's teacher workforce. Extant data was gathered by analyzing a survey of perceptions and the and the first-hand experiences of a first year teacher through an autoethnographical methodology was used to determine the major stressors for first-year teachers. The aim was to discover possible solutions for those major stressors. The results of the study showed that lack of support, time-management skills, and working in a high-stakes testing environment created high levels of stress for the novice teacher. Effective solutions to aid in the reduction of stress levels included engaging in physical exercise, being assigned a mentor teacher, being well prepared, and leading a balanced lifestyle.

publication date

  • May 2015