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Seeking Restorative Experiences Elementary School Teachers' Choices for Places That Enable Coping With Stress
Environment and Behavior (2006)
  • Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi, University of Northern Iowa
Abstract
Teacher stress and coping research and restorative environments research were converged in this study to explore how elementary school teachers in Chicago seek out everyday places in their milieu to implement restorative coping strategies. Seventy-one survey responses revealed that teachers' spontaneous place choices are related to sources of stress and that the restorative potential of a place was related to its ability to support teachers'inward or outward coping strategies. Teachers implemented effective strategies in places such as home, nature, city places, third places, and church. The ways these places were experienced differed according to teachers' perceptions of frequency and type of stress and how the place enabled the inward or outward strategy as needed. Findings suggest directions for exploring restorative design interventions in teachers' environments, especially within school environments.
Keywords
  • restorative,
  • school teachers,
  • stress,
  • coping strategies
Publication Date
January 7, 2006
DOI
10.1177/0013916505283420
Citation Information
Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi. "Seeking Restorative Experiences Elementary School Teachers' Choices for Places That Enable Coping With Stress" Environment and Behavior Vol. 38 Iss. 4 (2006) p. 503 - 520
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gowri-betrabetgulwadi/10/