A creativity development model to enhance educator security : a labour law perspective / Raché M. Rutherford
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World-wide research has shown that educators are suffering physical as well as psychological symptoms because of their experiences in their school environment. A large body of legislation, including the Bill of Rights, general and education legislation protect the rights of educators to working conditions which are safe and healthy. It seems clear from the literature that protecting the security of the educator implies the inclusion of psychological security. One of the aims of this research was to establish to what extent legislation succeeds in protecting the psychological security of educators at school. The study showed that although a large body of legislation exists, a lacuna exists in the application of this legislation. Furthermore, the research showed that educators are not experiencing this protection in actuality, are suffering several stress symptoms and are generally not aware of the rights which should protect them. The findings revealed that learner discipline and work overload were experienced as the main causes of psychological insecurity for participating educators. During the research it was investigated whether the development of creative skills could enhance the ability of educators to cope with the psychological insecurities in their workplace. Further aims of the study were to design a theoretical creativity development model and to determine the characteristics of an effective programme to enhance workplace psychological security in education. The literature and findings revealed that creativity programmes which could inter alia enhance attitude and general health should include aspects such as problem solving processes, the development of positive attitudes and the enhancement of the psychological work environment. The study also includes the design of a creativity programme which can be applied in the participating and similar schools in order to develop creativity skills which may be able to assist educators to cope more effectively in their work environment.
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