Re-vealing and re-personalizing: a journey via currere from burnout to resiliency
My intention in this study was to weave statistics, references, and studies throughout my story. I have researched extensively on the topic of burnout in special education teachers within their first 10 years of teaching. Studies, reviews, and types of assessments have been analyzed and synthesized along with my own data collected through the methodology of currere. I share with you the overview of the field of burnout and resilience among teachers. I share the difference between stress, burnout, and the link to secondary traumatic stress. I include broad descriptions of theories, research, and elements that add to my knowledge and personal experience. I used the writing of currere to reflect, analyze, and synthesize themes. The research has informed my study to show that I am not alone in my journey through burnout and out of it, and that, the most important thing that I can offer to our field is a personal account that humanizes the previous quantitative research.