School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Tracey Pritchard


burnout, cultural intelligence, Mississippi Delta poverty, teacher efficacy, teacher turnover


Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Other Education


School districts in the Mississippi Delta are located within one of the poorest regions in the United States (United States Census Bureau, 2012). These school districts face challenges such as low reading and math scores, high concentrations of students living in poverty, and a critical shortage of teachers. Researchers link the critical shortage to high turnover rates and the associated teacher burnout (Darling-Hammond, 2010). The problem of teacher burnout and the consequential attrition that persists in the Mississippi Delta may be ascribed to a cultural disconnect between teachers and students (Brown-Jeffy & Cooper, 2011). Thus, in this exploratory, correlational study, the researcher explored if a significant relationship existed between the four subscales of cultural intelligence and teacher burnout, while controlling for the effects of demographic variables (gender, race, and years of experience), teacher efficacy and teacher recruitment programs using a hierarchical multiple regression analysis. The researcher drew from a sample of 112 teachers from five high schools in the Mississippi Delta. A significant relationship was found between teacher burnout and teacher efficacy. In addition, a significant relationship was found between cultural intelligence and personal accomplishments. Teachers completed a set of instruments via an online survey: Cultural Intelligence Scale (CQS), Maslach Burnout MBI-Educators Survey, Demographic Survey, and the Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale (TSES).