Navigating Changing Times: Exploring Teacher Educator Experiences of Resilience

Sharon McDonough, Lisa Papatraianou, Al Strangeways, Caroline F. Mansfield, Denise Beutel

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    While there exists notable research in Australia and internationally on the ways pre-service and early career teachers develop and maintain resilience, there is a paucity of literature examining the resilience of teacher educators. The teacher education landscape has a dynamic nature, and in the Australian context, there have been multiple changes to policy and accreditation that have impacted on the work of teacher educators, including: the introduction of literacy and numeracy testing and a teaching performance assessment for teacher education students; and strict regulatory controls for providers. This context, combined with the intensification of academic work in higher education settings, has led us to investigate the personal and contextual factors that enable or constrain teacher educators’ resilience. In this chapter, we draw on a social ecological model of resilience to explore the factors that sustain and challenge teacher educators in their work, and use the findings to highlight implications for the field of teacher education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCultivating Teacher Resilience
    Subtitle of host publicationInternational Approaches, Applications and Impact
    EditorsCaroline F. Mansfield
    PublisherSpringer Singapore
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9789811559631
    ISBN (Print)9789811559624
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


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