ERIC Number: EJ1094858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Early Career Teachers' Resilience and Positive Adaptive Change Capabilities
Bowles, Terry; Arnup, Jessica L.
Australian Educational Researcher, v43 n2 p147-164 Apr 2016
This research is an investigation of the link between adaptive functioning and resilience in early career teachers (ECT). Resilience is considered an important capability of teachers and research has shown that teachers who are resourceful, demonstrate agency and develop positive management strategies overcome adversity. In this research, we aim to examine more closely the strategic processes associated with resilience and whether these vary in a cohort of ECT. A sample of ECT (n = 160; M = 31.09, SD = 6.92) participated in the study. The findings showed that, consistent with previous research on adaptive change, three groups emerged from the cohort: stabilisers, adapters, and innovators. Stabilisers were the least resilient, adapters were more resilient, and innovators were most resilient. Length of service was not significantly associated with resilience, while a weak interaction was found between years of service and adaptive functioning. Resilience was strongly associated with adaptive functioning. Findings are discussed in relation to resilience and ECT's self-care.
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Resilience (Psychology), Correlation, Beginning Teachers, Innovation, Teaching Experience, Daily Living Skills, Stress Management, Teacher Characteristics
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