Are good teachers born or made? Teachers who hold a growth mindset about their teaching ability have better well-being

Ma Jenina Nalipay NALIPAY, Ronnel Bornasal KING, Imelu G. MORDENO, Hui WANG

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Abstract

Implicit beliefs have received growing attention in the literature. However, past studies have usually focussed on students’ implicit beliefs about intelligence. The present study aimed to extend the literature on implicit beliefs to the domain of teaching and examine whether implicit beliefs about one’s teaching ability would predict teacher well-being. More specifically, this study investigated whether beliefs that teaching ability is fixed or malleable are associated with various well-being dimensions as indexed by positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. The participants were 547 in-service Filipino teachers who completed a survey assessing the study variables. Structural equation modelling was used to analyse the data. Findings revealed that holding a growth teaching mindset (i.e. that one’s teaching ability can be developed and improved) positively predicted all the dimensions of well-being. The findings of the study highlight the importance of having a growth teaching mindset in the promotion of teachers’ well-being. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEducational Psychology
Early online date22 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Nov 2021

Citation

Nalipay, M. J. N., King, R. B., Mordeno, I. G., & Wang, H. (2021). Are good teachers born or made? Teachers who hold a growth mindset about their teaching ability have better well-being. Educational Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01443410.2021.2001791

Keywords

  • Implicit beliefs about teaching ability
  • Growth teaching mindset
  • Teacher well-being
  • PERMA model of well-being

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