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An exploratory interview study of university teacher resilience

Helker, K., Mansfield, C.F., Wosnitza, M. and Stiller, H. (2018) An exploratory interview study of university teacher resilience. In: Wosnitza, M., Peixoto, F., Beltman, S. and Mansfield, C.F., (eds.) Resilience in Education. Springer, pp. 185-201.

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Although teacher resilience research has blossomed in the last 5–10 years, the resilience of schoolteachers and principals has been the main focus of research. There is little research exploring the resilience of university teachers. This chapter presents findings from an exploratory study regarding university teacher resilience. Participants were 26 university teachers, 17 from Germany and 9 from Australia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore the challenges, coping strategies and work-related emotions of participants and how they view resilience in the context of their work. Findings revealed challenges such as heavy workload, interpersonal relationships, time management and finding the right balance between teaching and research activities. Strategies include social support, time management and consciously maintaining a healthy work-life balance. The findings are discussed in light of a model of university teacher resilience, which is adapted to take into account specific aspects of university work.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: © 2018 Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
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