A qualitative research inquiry into the influence of female educator stress on the occupational perceptions of female educators in the Pietermaritzburg area.
This qualitative study examined the links between female educator stress and the attitudes of female educators towards their careers. It used data sampled from individual interviews conducted with female educators from two government schools and one private school in the Pietermaritzburg area. This research project is a sociocultural exploration of female educators' experiences of stress and the impact that it has on the way that these educators view their jobs. The purpose of the research was to obtain a greater understanding of the psychological effect of stress experienced in various urban school settings by primary and high school female educators. The results of the study indicate that participants' perceptions supported the literature review on some of the short-term and long-term psychological effects of educator stress on educators' attitudes towards their career. More negative teaching experiences than either beneficial or neutral experiences were recounted by the participants. the socioeconomic context in which the schools were situated, as well as the large number of administrative duties and lack of parental support contributed to the continued experience of high levels of stress by educators in general and female educators in particular.