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Does distance make a difference? the relationship between physical school environment and teachers' perceptions of school connectedness, administrative support, and burnout

While working conditions are known to impact employees’ perceptions of the work environment and employees’ health, the effect of the layout of a school site on teachers has yet to be explored. This study aims to determine if the physical distance between a special education teacher’s classroom and the administrative office affects his/her experience of burnout, connection to the school, and administrative support. Data were collected from survey research in a small district in Northern California. Results indicated that, while special education teachers’ classrooms were farther from administration buildings, there was no significant impact of classroom distance on burnout symptoms, school connectedness, or perceptions of administrative support.

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