Embedding Teacher Well-being in the Workplace – Pre-service and Early Career Teachers

ABSTRACT

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, and yet an alarming number of teachers are affected by work-related stress and burnout. The effects of stress can permeate into an individual's professional and personal life and result in serious psychological and physical health concerns. Pre-service teachers and early career teachers are not immune to work-related stress, and symptoms of stress-related conditions can begin as early as the pre-service period. Teachers need to understand the importance of mental, social and physical well-being to adequately withstand the emotional and physical labour of teaching.

Recent studies have investigated the impact of Mindfulness-based Interventions for managing teacher stress (for e.g., Flook, et al., 2013; Jennings et al., 2017). However, few studies have investigated the benefits of mindfulness and yoga-based interventions for pre-service and early career teachers (Bernay, 2014; Miyahara et al., 2017). Even fewer studies have drawn on both qualitative and quantitative methodology to provide a detailed account of the experiences of the participants in Mindfulness-based Interventions. The mixed-methods design for the proposed study has been chosen to incorporate a breadth of measures including self-report questionnaires, weekly reflections, salivary cortisol samples and a semi-structured interview.

he proposed research comprises two separate studies and will investigate whether a natural level of mindfulness relates to perceived stress, psychological well-being and coping strategies. Additionally, the study will evaluate whether mind-body techniques can be explicitly taught to pre- service and early career teachers to reduce stress and burnout and improve well-being.

Principal Advisor

Professor Annemaree Carroll

Other advisor/s

Dr Julie Bower

Panel Chair

Dr Rhonda Faragher

Other panel member/s

Dr Carmen Mills, Dr Katie Cawte

Date of confirmation seminar

21st November 2017

Start time

2pm

Finish time

3:30pm

Room Building 24 Room 506
 

About HDR Confirmation Seminars

The Confirmation Seminar is the first public presentation in the UQ milestone process.

Staff and students are urged to attend to support your colleagues at this first outing of their project.

 

 

Venue

Room: 
Room 506 Building 24