The relationship between job demands, job resources and teachers’ professional learning: is it explained by self-determination theory?

Joost Jansen in de Wal (Corresponding author), Antoine van den Beemt, Rob L. Martens, Perry J. den Brok

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    Abstract

    Although teachers’ commitment to continuous professional learning is crucial for high quality education, research shows that this learning cannot be taken for granted. To better understand how teachers’ learning at work can be supported, this study investigates how effects of job demands (i.e. work pressure and emotional pressure) and job resources (i.e. task autonomy, transformational leadership, and collegial support) on teachers’ learning commitment (i.e. learning frequency and engagement) can be explained by basic psychological need satisfaction and autonomous motivation, as posited by self-determination theory. At two occasions, approximately one year apart, data was collected in a sample of 678 (T1) and 536 (T2) Dutch secondary school teachers. Structural equation models showed the consecutive positive longitudinal relationships between teachers’ experience of job resources, basic psychological need satisfaction, autonomous motivation, and commitment to professional learning. Job demands were not related to basic need satisfaction over and above the effects of job resources. Implications for how self-determination theory and the job demands resources model can mutually inform each other are discussed. In addition, implications for stimulating teachers’ professional learning in practice are provided.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-39
    Number of pages23
    JournalStudies in Continuing Education
    Volume42
    Issue number1
    Early online date2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020

    Keywords

    • Job demands
    • job resources
    • motivation
    • self-determination theory
    • teacher professional learning

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