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REF NO.: 178

SUBJECT: Memorial presents: Teacher Stress and Working Conditions: Implications for Teaching and Learning

DATE: Feb. 6,2006

Note to editors:

Research has shown that teaching is a high-stress profession. Workplace stress not only impacts teachers’ health and well-being and the lives of their families and friends, but it also diminishes teacher effectiveness in the classroom. This can lead to disengagement and distances teachers emotionally and socially from their students, thereby compromising the teacher-student interaction. The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development and the Marine Institute will host a public lecture by Dr. LyndaYounghusband, assistant professor at the Student Counselling Centre at Memorial, on her research on teacher stress in Newfoundland and Labrador and its impact on the teaching and learning environments on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. at the Inco Innovation Centre Lecture Theatre (IIC 2001), Memorial University.

Panelists include Dr. David Dibbon, associate dean for undergraduate programs with Memorial University’s Faculty of Education, Denise Pike, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of School Councils and Glenda Cluett, a teacher recently retired from the Eastern School District.

Participate in this public interaction and challenge the panel with your questions and solutions to this continuing area of concern to teachers, students and parents alike.

A live Web cast of the event will be shown on www.mun.ca and a telecast will appear on the House of Assembly Channel. E-mail your questions/comments to research@mun.ca. Free admission. Parking available in Area 18 (between the QE II Library and Prince Philip Parkway). Reception to follow.

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For more information contact: Deborah Inkpen, communications co-ordinator (research), Memorial University, at 737-4073,inkpend@mun.ca.

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