Title

Impact of Teachers' Career Adaptability and Family on Professional Learning

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-26-2018

Publication Title

Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education

First page number:

1

Last page number:

15

Abstract

Teachers’ engagement in professional learning is vital to the profession’s sustainability. Their professional learning is influenced by the demands of balancing work, family, and the strain of balancing the two. This challenge is addressed through the notion resilience, operationalized as career adaptability. In a sample of teachers (N = 193), the present research explored the relations between career adaptability, family-to-work conflict (time-based and strain-based), and engagement in professional learning. Structural equation modelling revealed that time-based conflict mediated the relation between career adaptability and strain-based conflict. Strain-based conflict, in turn, negatively predicted engagement with professional development studies. It is recommended that strategies for teachers’ professional learning are inclusive of contextual factors, such as family-to-work conflict, and focused on enhancing their career adaptability.

Keywords

Career adaptability; Professional learning; Teacher education; Teacher resilience; Work-family conflict

Disciplines

Teacher Education and Professional Development

Language

English

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