Identity, Well-being and Effectiveness: the Emotional Contexts of Teaching

Day, C. and Kington, Alison (2008) Identity, Well-being and Effectiveness: the Emotional Contexts of Teaching.

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Official URL: 10.1080/14681360701877743


This paper draws on findings from a four‐year longitudinal research project, commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES), which investigated Variations in Teachers’ Work, Lives and Effectiveness (VITAE). Drawing on data gathered from 300 teachers working in 100 primary and secondary schools in England, the research identified associations between commitment and effectiveness (perceived and in terms of pupil attainment) and found that there were more, and less, effective teachers in each of six professional life phases. It found that teachers in each of these phases experienced a number of different scenarios that challenged their abilities to sustain their commitment (i.e. remain resilient). This paper discusses how these impact, positively and negatively, on teachers’ capacities for sustaining their initial commitment and associations between identity, well‐being and effectiveness. It finds that teacher identities are neither intrinsically stable nor intrinsically fragmented, but that they can be more, or less, stable and more or less fragmented at different times and in different ways according to the influence of the interaction of a number of personal, professional and situated factors. The extent to which teachers are able to and are supported in managing the scenarios they experience will determine their sense of effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: LB Theory and practice of education
Members: University of Worcester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2012 00:26
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 04:22

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