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Beitrag 127

Job demands, challenges and well-being in the teaching profession: Correlates and predictors


Being a teacher involves dealing with a wide range of job demands. Mastering the demands of the teaching profession, especially in the first years of a teaching career, is crucial for professional development, work engagement and job retention (e.g., Keller-Schneider, 2010; Xanthopoulou et al., 2007). Despite an increasing body of literature addressing these issues, the relations between job demands, job strain and attrition in teachers are complex and have yet to be clarified. On this basis, the current symposium addresses the following research questions:

(1) How do job resources, job demands and challenges influence job well-being, engagement, and job retention?

(2) How do job well-being and engagement influence attitudes towards teaching and teacher training?

Therefore, three contributions from different countries applying different methods are included:

1.Fiorilli et al. (Italy). This study examines the effect of job engagement and job well-being on teachers’ attitudes toward teacher training using quantitative data.

2.Einar M. Skaalvik & Sidsel Skaalvik (Norway). This quantitative study investigates the effect of job demands and job resources for teacher well-being.

3.Dilan Aksoy, Catherine Eve Bauer & Larissa Maria Troesch (Switzerland). This study focuses on job resources and career challenges in second career teachers using qualitative interview data.


Keller-Schneider, M. (2010). Entwicklungsaufgaben im Berufseinstieg von Lehrpersonen: Waxmann Verlag.

Xanthopoulou, D., Bakker, A. B., Demerouti, E., & Schaufeli, W. B. (2007). The role of personal resources in the job demands-resources model. International journal of stress management, 14(2), 121.