An exploratory interview study of university teacher resilience: An Explorative Interview Study

Kerstin Helker, Caroline Mansfield, Hendrieke Stiller, Marold Wosnitza

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Although teacher resilience research has blossomed in the last 5–10 years, the resilience of schoolteachers and principals has been the main focus of research. There is little research exploring the resilience of university teachers. This chapter presents findings from an exploratory study regarding university teacher resilience. Participants were 26 university teachers, 17 from Germany and 9 from Australia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore the challenges, coping strategies and work-related emotions of participants and how they view resilience in the context of their work. Findings revealed challenges such as heavy workload, interpersonal relationships, time management and finding the right balance between teaching and research activities. Strategies include social support, time management and consciously maintaining a healthy work-life balance. The findings are discussed in light of a model of university teacher resilience, which is adapted to take into account specific aspects of university work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResilience in Education
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Contexts and Connections
EditorsMarold Wosnitza, Francisco Peixoto, Susan Beltman, Caroline Mansfield
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319766904
ISBN (Print)9783319766898
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2018


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