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The study aims to explore Teachers’ Psychological Capital (TPC) amongst foreign language teachers working in Austria and the UK. This is a three-year, FWF-funded international research project beginning 1st October, 2018.

To investigate TPC, we draw on insights from positive and ecological psychology, including the HERO model of psychological capital, comprising hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism (Luthans, Youssef-Morgan & Avolio, 2015) and combine it with the PERMA+V model, which adds more of a social perspective encompassing positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishments (Seligman, 2011), including the subjective vitality scale as a dynamic reflection of (organismic) wellbeing (Ryan & Frederick, 1997). The study will follow a three-stage, mixed-method design using interviews, an online questionnaire survey, and retrodictive qualitative modeling from multiple case studies. In addition to shedding light on an exciting under-researched psychological construct, our project hopes to be able to make specific recommendations for teacher educators, school leaders, and policy makers about how best to support teacher professional wellbeing in diverse contemporary educational contexts.

This homepage will give you a regular update on our research, events we will attend or conduct and additionally give you the possibility to contact us with any questions or suggestions you might have.

Currently, we are in the second phase of our project. In the first phase, we collected data from EFL teachers in Austria (n=30) and MFL teachers from the UK (n=29) across the career phases. The data are transcribed (generated words: approx. 500 000) and prepared for analysis. At the moment, we are analysing data of teachers from each career phase and are writing up findings. A core element of the second phase is an online survey, which we have designed and will publish it shortly (please click here). The survey will be aimed at language teachers across the globe. 

Follow our next steps here.  

(Last updated: January, 2020) 

Special thanks to Wolfgang Irber https://wirber.de/ 

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