Emotional labour matters for kindergarten teachers: An examination of the antecedents and consequences

Hongbiao YIN, Winnie Wing Yi TAM, Moonyoung PARK, Pui Chi Chrysa KEUNG

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Abstract

This study examined the relationships between kindergartens teachers’ emotional labour strategies and their relations to instructional leadership, trust in colleagues, teaching experiences, and teaching satisfaction. With a sample of 491 kindergarten teachers in Hong Kong, this study found that surface acting negatively predicted while deep acting and expression of naturally felt emotion positively predicted teachers’ teaching satisfaction; instructional leadership and trust in colleagues were positively related to deep acting and expression of naturally felt emotion, respectively. Meanwhile, teaching experience was found to be positively related to their adoption of expression of naturally felt emotion and teaching satisfaction. These findings shed light on the nature of kindergarten teachers’ work, and provide some implications for teacher development in kindergartens. Copyright © 2022 De La Salle University.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-249
JournalThe Asia-Pacific Education Researcher
Volume32
Early online dateFeb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Citation

Yin, H., Tam, W. W. Y., Park, M., & Keung, C. P. C. (2023). Emotional labour matters for kindergarten teachers: An examination of the antecedents and consequences. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 32, 239-249. doi: 10.1007/s40299-022-00647-4

Keywords

  • Emotional labour
  • Teaching satisfaction
  • Instructional leadership
  • Trust in colleagues
  • Kindergarten teacher

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