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ERIC Number: EJ1410076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-2073-7629
Portraits of Pre-Service Special Education Teachers: Perspectives on Well-Being and Its Association with Self-Efficacy and Work Engagement
Valeria Cavioni; Giusi Toto; Veronica Ornaghi
International Journal of Emotional Education, v15 n2 p21-36 2023
The well-being of teachers is a critical concern with significant implications for teaching effectiveness and student outcomes. However, there exists a notable gap in the literature concerning the well-being of pre-service teachers. Moreover, there is a scarcity of research focusing on the unique challenges faced by prospective special education teachers. This study addresses this dual gap by exploring the well-being of pre-service special education teachers and its relationship with self-efficacy and work commitment. Data was collected from a sample of 133 preservice teachers (mean age = 38,14; sd = 8.25 years) enrolled in a professional course for high school special education teachers. Employing cluster analysis, three distinct profiles based on mental health, perceived stress, and resilience z-scores were identified. We further explored how the identified well-being profiles related to self-efficacy and work engagement. The findings provide valuable insights on improving educational policies, personalized teacher training programs, and early support structures to nurture educators' well-being and equip them with the skills necessary to navigate the complex landscape of special education.
Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health. Old Humanities Building (OH) Room 241, University of Malta, MSD 2080, Malta. Tel: +356-2340-3014; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Teachers Sense of Efficacy Scale; Utrecht Work Engagement Scale
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