It has been consistently testified that teaching as a profession prompted
stress among teachers. It is essential that as early as practice teachers are
being prepared to be licensed teachers, they need to be aware about the reality
of teaching yet only few researches provide intensive information about the
causes of the stressors of practice teachers. Since it is also the interest of
this study to inform incoming practice teachers about the challenges that they
might as well be encountering in the future, this study would be beneficial in
providing them grounds to prepare themselves to combat possible stressors.
Through the use of questionnaires and focus group discussion and by utilizing
qualitative design, this study revealed workload, financial problem,
cooperating teacher, call time, and students’ misbehavior cause stress among
practice teachers of the School of Teacher Education of Saint Louis University.
They also identified counter measures they used in overcoming their stressors
such as using personal coping strategies, behavioral coping strategies, and
social coping strategies. It can then be drawn that even if practice teachers
experienced a lot of stress, they still find ways to overcome their stressors.
teaching, pre-service education, practicum, stress
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