Exploring the impact of teacher emotions on their approaches to teaching: A structural equation modelling approach

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Abstract

Background: Research into teacher emotion has attracted increasing attention in the last two decades. The relevance of teacher emotion in education has been highlighted. However, evidence of how teacher emotions impact their teaching approaches is rather limited.
Aims: This study investigated the relationship between two self‐report instruments – the Teacher Emotion Inventory and the Approach to Teaching.
Sample: There were 1,830 teachers were approached from 43 primary schools in China and 12 primary schools in Hong Kong.
Methods: Exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modelling were utilized in the analysis procedure.
Results: As a result, a five‐factor TEI model was identified with two positive factors (Joy and Love) and three negative factors (Sadness, Anger, and Fear). A ATI model involved was confirmed with three factors (Knowledge Transmission, Student‐Teacher Interaction, and Student Focus). Structural equation modelling demonstrated that more student‐centred approaches are the consequence of positive teacher emotions while a teacher‐centred approach is the consequence of negative teacher emotions although there are two surprising links.
Conclusions: Identifying this pattern of relationships will contribute to understanding the reasons why new teaching strategies are often not adopted despite well‐designed professional programs and educational reform and will provide implications for teaching improvement through teacher emotion. Copyright © 2018 The British Psychological Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-74
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Psychology
Volume89
Issue number1
Early online dateMar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Citation

Chen, J. (2019). Exploring the impact of teacher emotions on their approaches to teaching: A structural equation modelling approach. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 89(1), 57-74. doi: 10.1111/bjep.12220

Keywords

  • Approach to teaching
  • Hong Kong
  • Mainland China
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Teacher emotion

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