Murray State Theses and Dissertations
The main purpose of this quantitative research study was to explore the influences that impact teacher resilience. Seven factors that potentially protect teacher resilience were chosen: competency, self-efficacy, agency, relationships, organizational culture, altruism, and sense of humor. These factors were tested against years of service categories and self-perceived resilience scores to determine if relationships exist. A two-part online survey gathered demographic information, self-perceived resilience scores, and resilience factor data from American PreK-12 teachers. To answer the three guiding research questions, the statistical tests of multiple linear regression, Pearson’s r correlation coefficient, and chi-square test of independence were utilized. The factor of relationships had the largest positive significant relationship with teacher resilience and showed consistency between all years of service. Competence had the strongest relationship with years of service and increased with longevity. Humor was highly ranked on all statistical tests, showing that humor is vital to teacher resilience throughout a career. The results of this study can impact teacher education programs, professional development opportunities for current teachers, and training for administrators. Developing and maintaining resilience is vital for handling challenges, continued growth, and overall success in a teaching career. Continued research is necessary to add to this growing body of research and increase awareness and action.
Keywords: Teacher Resilience, Competence, Self-Efficacy, Agency, Relationships,Organizational Culture, Altruism, Humor, Service Years
Year manuscript completed
Year degree awarded
Teacher resilience, relationships, humor, competence, agency, service years
Dissertation Committee Chair
Whipple, Kristen, "Teacher Resilience" (2022). Murray State Theses and Dissertations. 248.
Elementary Education and Teaching Commons, Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching Commons, Other Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons, Secondary Education and Teaching Commons