Helena Granziera

Thesis

Teacher Wellbeing: A Job Demands-Resources approach

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Summary

The teaching profession, both in Australia and in other developed countries faces considerable organisational and economic challenges (OECD, 2014). Among these challenges is the retention of well-qualified teachers, at a time where teachers appear to be rapidly leaving the workforce (Weldon, 2018). Although much research has focused on teachers' negative experiences of the workplace - such as burnout, disengagement, and leaving intentions (Chang, 2009; Skaalvik & Skaalvik, 2017b, 2017d)-fewer studies have sought to understand factors promoting positive workplace experiences. The present research draws on the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model of wellbeing (Demerouti, Bakker, Nachreiner, & Schaufeli, 2001) to consider the individual and organisational factors that may facilitate teacher satisfaction and wellbeing, and how such experiences relate to student outcomes.

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