Full-time class teachers' emotional wellbeing in an Ofsted outstanding primary school. A grounded theory study

Nagy, Zita Szimonetta (2017) Full-time class teachers' emotional wellbeing in an Ofsted outstanding primary school. A grounded theory study. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of Essex. Full text available

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This research was undertaken to explore and explain the contexts and mechanisms influencing full-time class teachers’ emotional wellbeing (EWB) in a primary school rated ‘outstanding’ by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). Despite being associated with issues high on the national agenda including pupil wellbeing, pupil performance, teacher retention and teacher recruitment, the wellbeing of school staff is a cause for concern calling for supportive and positive measures. Previous findings often describe wellbeing in deficit terms: the impacts of stress and burnout; however, research on what promotes teachers’ EWB is relatively scarce or, in Ofsted outstanding primary schools, non-existent. The current qualitative study aims to address this gap by applying grounded theory (GT) methodology to data collection and analysis on what enhances and hinders teachers’ EWB in their professional role and what interventions could be implemented to produce desirable outcomes. Semi-structured interviews were employed to elicit the views of 5 full-time class teachers at a mainstream primary school in an outer London borough. Adopting a critical realist ontological and epistemological stance, a general, abstract theory grounded in the views of the participants was drawn and discussed in relation to existing literature on psychological theory and research. Findings provide evidence to inform professionals linked to the chosen setting on what teachers think ‘works’ for them and how this could be applied in practice. It is hoped that outcomes will also facilitate further research in similar settings.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the Professional Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology awarded by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in association with the University of Essex
Uncontrolled Keywords: M4, Professional Doctorate in Child, Community and Educational Psychology, Teachers' Emotional Wellbeing, Ofsted, Edpsych Updates
Subjects: Learning & Education > Educational Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Research
Depositing User: Ms Jocelyn Wade
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2017 12:56
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2018 13:10
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1698

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