Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Education Studies

Title

Preservice teachers’ work stress, self-efficacy, and occupational commitment in four countries

Language

English

Abstract

In this study, we examine the teaching-related stress, self-efficacy, and occupational commitment of preservice teachers from two culturally western and two culturally eastern countries. The sample included 1,187 participants from Canada (n0379), England (n0203), Hong Kong (n0211), and Thailand (n0394). Self-efficacy partially reduced (mediated) the effect of stress from student behavior and from workload on commitment in three of four contexts. Mediation tests with country as moderator revealed significant differences in the strength of the mediating effect across the four contexts. The results suggest that teachers' self-efficacy changes the way in which work stress influences the commitment to continue teaching, although cultural milieu influences the nature of the relationship according to context. © Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Lisboa, Portugal and Springer Science+Business Media BV 2012.

Keywords

Commitment, Job stress, Self-efficacy, Teacher motivation

Publication Date

2013

Source Publication Title

European Journal of Psychology of Education

Volume

28

Issue

4

Start Page

1289

End Page

1309

Publisher

Springer Verlag

DOI

10.1007/s10212-012-0166-x

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10212-012-0166-x

ISSN (print)

02562928

ISSN (electronic)

18785174

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