Drawing on the concept of teacher buoyancy which is teachers’ capacity to deal with the everyday challenges that most teachers face in their teaching, this qualitative study investigates the capacity of ten early career teachers to derive sustenance from overcoming minor and frequent challenges in their everyday work. A semi-structured interview was used to investigate early career teachers’ adaptive and proactive experiences dealing with frequent challenges at work. Findings indicated that early career teachers utilised problem-focused strategies, cognitive-related strategies, and well-being and emotion-related strategies, and mobilised different personal and contextual resources to sustain themselves in the realities of their professional work and life. This study advocates the enhancement of teacher buoyancy as a capacity among early career teachers to empower them to stay on top of recurrent problems, and suggests potential implications for teacher education programmes and professional development for early career teachers. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
CitationCheng, M. M. H., Tang, S. Y. F., Wong, A. K. Y., & Yeh, F.-Y. (2022). How early career teachers overcome everyday work-related challenges: An analysis from the perspective of teacher buoyancy. Journal of Education for Teaching. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2022.2150962
- Teacher buoyancy
- Early career teacher
- Teacher education