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Teacher resilience: A systematic review of recent literature

Beltman, S., Mansfield, C., McConney, A., Price, A.ORCID: 0000-0002-5925-1133 and Pelliccione, L. (2010) Teacher resilience: A systematic review of recent literature. In: 25th West Australian Institute of Educational Research (WAIER) Forum, 7 August 2010, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus


This paper presents a systematic review of literature related to teacher resilience. The review underpins a larger research project that aims to enhance the resilience of early career teachers by embedding evidence-based practice within the pre-service teacher education programs of two Australian universities. There is concern internationally with the high attrition rates of early career teachers. Numerous studies have examined factors such as workloads and behaviour management difficulties that contribute to teacher stress and burnout. More recently researchers have looked towards teacher resilience as a more positive way of addressing this problem. Definitions of resilience include the ability to "bounce back" after experiencing difficult events. A shift in thinking from attrition to resilience offers the potential for more effective interventions to occur. A search of databases such as ERIC and ProQuest revealed over 250 journal articles and conference papers linked to key words such as 'resilience' and 'burn out' published between 2000 and 2009. The selected papers will be analysed according to research methods used, key empirical findings, and issues raised. The paper will provide an overview of strengths and limitations of current research, suggest directions for future research, and derive implications and recommendations for pre-service teacher education programs.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
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