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Sustaining Enthusiasm in the Classroom: Reinvestment Strategies That Work

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Objective: To identify reinvestment strategies of 11 senior health-education faculty from 3 degree programs. Methods: Data from individual, in-depth interviews were inductively analyzed for content. Results: The identified strategies grouped around 6 themes: growth and success in work, realization of an optimal fit into profession, investment into interpersonal relationships, focus on stimulating and uplifting experiences, pursuit of professional/personal balance, and problems and coping. Conclusions: Reinvestment is a very complex process that may be mediated by frequent experience of positive emotions. Further research needs to employ a positive perspective and investigate variables from different levels of analysis.

Keywords: health education; qualitative study; reinvestment; teaching

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY. 2: Department of Health Promotion and Education, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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