Impact of teachers’ career adaptability and family on professional learning

McIlveen, Peter and Perera, Harsha N. and Baguley, Margaret and van Rensburg, Henriette and Ganguly, Rahul and Jasman, Anne and Veskova, Julijana (2018) Impact of teachers’ career adaptability and family on professional learning. Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1359-866X


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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 26/08/19 (18 months) in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 03:56
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 01:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher resilience, career adaptability, work-family conflict, teacher education, professional learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2018.1444141

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