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Att vara lärare : en studie av högskolelärares upplevelser av sin psykosociala arbetsmiljö

Gruvstad, Maria (2001)
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to get a picture of what it's like to work as a university teacher. By emphazising some factors in the psychosocial work environment I tried to reach a deeper understanding of which of these factors that could lead to a feeling of stress for a teacher at a university. The factors emphazised was demand and control, according to the stress researchers Karasek and Theorell, and effort and reward, according to another stress researcher, Siegrist. Another theoretical background was The human service organization, which is a phenomena studied by the american sociologist Hasenfeld. By interviewing seven teachers at a university, in a semistructured way, seven pictures was given. The teachers are teaching and doing... (More)
The aim of this study was to get a picture of what it's like to work as a university teacher. By emphazising some factors in the psychosocial work environment I tried to reach a deeper understanding of which of these factors that could lead to a feeling of stress for a teacher at a university. The factors emphazised was demand and control, according to the stress researchers Karasek and Theorell, and effort and reward, according to another stress researcher, Siegrist. Another theoretical background was The human service organization, which is a phenomena studied by the american sociologist Hasenfeld. By interviewing seven teachers at a university, in a semistructured way, seven pictures was given. The teachers are teaching and doing research in health science and social work, which means that the "human service-angel" is interesting in two ways; the organisation the teachers are working in and the organizations the students will be working in. The taechers are educating the students to a future in a human service organization. The results confirmed that the academic working environment is characterised by: - a high workload - relatively high level of freedom to perform your work in a way you decide yourself - to a certain extent exposure to evaluations from academic authorities and from students - high level of satisfaction in the feeling of doing an important work and in the relations to the students - being a rather lonely work, sometimes with a lack of social support The study made obvious and confirmed the need for support and appreciation, and the need for help in the process of setting limits for your workload, with a view to minimizing risks for exhaustion. Keywords: university teacher, psychosocial work environment, stress, human service organization, demand/control-model, effort - reward imbalance model (Less)
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author
Gruvstad, Maria
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Social problems and welfare, national insurance, Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring
language
Swedish
id
1357938
date added to LUP
2004-11-08
date last changed
2004-11-08
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to get a picture of what it's like to work as a university teacher. By emphazising some factors in the psychosocial work environment I tried to reach a deeper understanding of which of these factors that could lead to a feeling of stress for a teacher at a university. The factors emphazised was demand and control, according to the stress researchers Karasek and Theorell, and effort and reward, according to another stress researcher, Siegrist. Another theoretical background was The human service organization, which is a phenomena studied by the american sociologist Hasenfeld. By interviewing seven teachers at a university, in a semistructured way, seven pictures was given. The teachers are teaching and doing research in health science and social work, which means that the "human service-angel" is interesting in two ways; the organisation the teachers are working in and the organizations the students will be working in. The taechers are educating the students to a future in a human service organization. The results confirmed that the academic working environment is characterised by: - a high workload - relatively high level of freedom to perform your work in a way you decide yourself - to a certain extent exposure to evaluations from academic authorities and from students - high level of satisfaction in the feeling of doing an important work and in the relations to the students - being a rather lonely work, sometimes with a lack of social support The study made obvious and confirmed the need for support and appreciation, and the need for help in the process of setting limits for your workload, with a view to minimizing risks for exhaustion. Keywords: university teacher, psychosocial work environment, stress, human service organization, demand/control-model, effort - reward imbalance model},
  author       = {Gruvstad, Maria},
  keyword      = {Social problems and welfare, national insurance,Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Att vara lärare : en studie av högskolelärares upplevelser av sin psykosociala arbetsmiljö},
  year         = {2001},
}