The Effects of Violent Student Behaviours on Teacher Wellbeing

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

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That violence occurs in schools is an uncomfortable truth in our society. Violence can be hidden or overt and has existed in schools, both globally and nationally, for a long time. Yet the effects of violence on teachers is only recently garnering attention. A longitudinal survey in Australian schools commenced in 2011 and an NT based survey in 2019, have revealed that educators in Australia, and particularly in the NT, are experiencing increasing levels of violence from school students, but nevertheless remains under-reported and less understood.
Located within a phenomenological paradigm, this research aims to understand the ‘lived experience’ of Northern Territory middle school teachers who have been subjected to student violence and remained in the workforce. It will provide a vital contribution to existing teacher wellbeing and resilience strategies with direct relevance to educators at all levels nationally and internationally.

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