There is no fear in love: The giving of social support to students enhances teachers' career development

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Abstract

The current article examines the issue of teachers' high job stress and low motivation to develop their careers, in Hong Kong, whose situation echoes the ones in many other parts of the globe. Based on some previous research, we propose that the giving of social support from teachers to students is helpful to protect teachers from this negative effect. We carried out a pilot study with a sample of 41 local teachers who have a range of ages and teaching experience, whose position in school is at the middle management level, across 41 different schools. Questionnaires were used to examine the teachers giving of social support to their students, work-related self-efficacy, job satisfaction and aspiration. Regression analysis revealed that offering social support to students is associated positively with the teachers' work-related self-efficacy, which in turn is positively associated with the job satisfaction and aspiration of the teachers. Based on this, it is suggested that prompting teachers to give social support to their students is an effective way to tackle the current problem of teachers' high job stress and low motivation for teacher development. Implications are discussed. Copyright © 2015 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJob satisfaction: Determinants, workplace implications and impacts on psychological well-being
EditorsRosalie OSBOURNE
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Pages97-111
ISBN (Print)9781634636742, 9781634636490
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Lam, B.-H. (2015). There is no fear in love: The giving of social support to students enhances teachers' career development. In R. Osbourne (Ed.), Job satisfaction: Determinants, workplace implications and impacts on psychological well-being (pp. 97-111). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Keywords

  • Job aspiration
  • Job satisfaction
  • Social support
  • Work-related self-efficacy

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