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Title: Organizational Behaviour and Teacher Burnout in KG Schools in Sharjah
Other Titles: Case Study of Three Schools
Authors: Nasab, Riaan Mohammad Raghib
Keywords: transformational leadership
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
school principal
leadership model
organizational culture
Issue Date: Aug-2020
Publisher: The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Abstract: This dissertation is an explorative research study aimed at understanding the level of burnout kindergarten teachers are facing in three schools in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It is aimed at designing a leadership model that could contribute to low teacher’s burnout levels. Three main elements were explored through this study, teacher’s burnout levels, organizational behaviours (organizational norms, school culture and teacher’s attitudes) and leadership practices of the school principal. The methodology adopted was a mixed approach design. Two sources of data were used in this research study, Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI) Borritz, Villadsen and Christensen (2005). as a quantitative tool and in-depth interview with teachers as the qualitative data. Several themes were identified to affect kindergarten burnout levels, principal’s leadership style, school culture, staff relationship, staff support and personal growth. The results show that teachers in the targeted schools suffered for burnout on varied levels. It appears to be that principals with transformational leadership practices can promote positive organizational culture that can, in turns, decrease burnout levels for teachers. Based on that a leadership model was suggested to lower teachers’ burnout levels. It is recommended that further research studies are conducted with different grade level teachers across similar context schools to investigate these exploratory findings, which can add some light on the best leadership practices within UAE schools.
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