Striving for personal growth matters: The relationship between personal growth initiative, teacher engagement and instructional quality

Xianhan Yvonne HUANG, Si Man LAM, Chan WANG, Peng XU

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Abstract

Background: Teachers' instructional quality is critical to student learning and development. However, the affordance of different aspects of instructional quality remains underexplored.
Aims: This study explores the relationship between teachers' personal growth initiative (PGI) and teacher engagement and instructional quality.
Sample: The data were collected from 998 teachers (82.9% female, average years of teaching experience = 15.25, SD = 10.29) from China.
Methods: The participants completed an anonymous online survey questionnaire that examined their PGI, work engagement and self-reported instructional quality. Structural equation modelling and bootstrapping were performed to determine the differentiated associations between PGI and each aspect of the teachers' self-reported instructional quality.
Results: The results confirmed the critical role of PGI in teacher engagement and self-reported instructional quality. To varying degrees, the dimensions of teacher engagement, except for cognitive engagement, mediated the association between PGI and self-reported instructional quality.
Conclusions: The teachers' self-reported data showed that their motivation for personal growth played an important role in improving their instructional quality. The teachers' emotional engagement and social engagement with colleagues were positively related to classroom management, and their social engagement with students was associated with a supportive climate. Copyright © 2023 British Psychological Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)658-675
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Psychology
Volume93
Issue number3
Early online dateJan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Citation

Huang, X., Lam, S. M., Wang, C., & Xu, P. (2023). Striving for personal growth matters: The relationship between personal growth initiative, teacher engagement and instructional quality. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 93(3), 658-675. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12583

Keywords

  • Instructional quality
  • Personal growth initiative
  • Proactivity
  • Teacher engagement

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