NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ838701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Resilience as a Contributor to Novice Teacher Success, Commitment, and Retention
Tait, Melanie
Teacher Education Quarterly, v35 n4 p57-75 Fall 2008
Novice teachers often struggle in their first year. Some succumb to illness, depression, or burnout, and some even decide to abandon teaching as a career option. The classic stressors identified by new teachers have been remarkably consistent over the years, and their challenges have been well chronicled. Less has been written, however, about the "human strengths" that novice teachers demonstrate when they confront and overcome the stress of first-year teaching. In this article, the author focuses on novice teachers' resilience as one of the assets that many beginners bring to their first teaching position and on the relationship between resilience and two related human strengths, personal efficacy and emotional competence. She briefly reviews the literature on resilience, personal efficacy, and emotional intelligence, and these three concepts are compared and contrasted within the context of novice teacher success and retention. She uses the profile of a novice teacher in Toronto, Ontario, to illustrate how beginning teachers cope with problems and overcome difficulties, remain optimistic about their choice of profession, and commit to teaching over the long term. She discusses possible implications for faculties of education, school boards, and schools. Finally, she makes several suggestions for future research. (Contains 1 table.)
Caddo Gap Press. 3145 Geary Boulevard PMB 275, San Francisco, CA 94118. Tel: 415-666-3012; Fax: 415-666-3552; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)