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Sports activities for special and rehabilitation pedagogues as a professional stress preventative measure

Ana Deutsch Sodnik (2019) Sports activities for special and rehabilitation pedagogues as a professional stress preventative measure. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    Stress is something we all have to deal with and it cannot be avoided. We are often exposed to various stress factors at work as well. The work of special and rehabilitation pedagogues is demanding for they are required to coordinate various things when carrying out their tasks. They perform examinations of children and work with them individually, they cooperate with parents, colleagues, and external institutions; they must adhere to the requirements of management of the educational institution as well as they themselves continuously participate in professional development programs. All of this potentially exposes them to stress. People are different and respond to stress factors differently. Consequently, we deal with stress in a very individual manner. Every person can select their own type of activity as a stress prevention measure. A key question this master’s thesis research is attempting to answer is whether special and rehabilitation pedagogues participate in sports activities as a professional stress prevention measure and how helpful they find them. In this research we utilised descriptive and causal non-experimental methods of educational research, as well as a quantitative research approach. The research was conducted on a non-probability sample of special and rehabilitation pedagogues (N=120). An online questionnaire was distributed to special and rehabilitation pedagogues working in the field of education in the Republic of Slovenia. The research showed that special and rehabilitation pedagogues are exposed to professional stress, and that there are no statistically significant differences between various professional profiles. It has been established that special and rehabilitation pedagogues, aged 35 or over, experience greater stress levels compared to their younger colleagues. Additionally, stress levels are higher among those with seven years of work experience or more, compared to those with less than seven years of experience. Most commonly listed stress factors were administrative tasks (paperwork), cooperation with parents, and scope and quantity of work. The research showed that the share of people participating in sports activities as a form of professional stress prevention and those who do not is almost the same. Among those, who are physically active, most do so twice a week. People with more than seven years of work experience are physically active more often than those with less than seven years of work experience. The most commonly selected sports activity among special and rehabilitation pedagogues is walking. We found that 74.5 % of special and rehabilitation pedagogues benefited a lot or greatly from sports activity as a form of professional stress prevention.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: special and rehabilitation pedagogues, professional stress, sports activities, professional stress prevention
    Number of Pages: 62
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Janez JermanMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12492873
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5805
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2019 11:28
    Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 11:28
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5805

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