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Testing the main determinants of teachers’ professional well-being by using a mixed method

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Measuring the perception of professional well-being appears as a problematic issue in past studies. Literature reviews show that previous studies have not yet reached an agreement on measures of teachers’ professional well-being. Furthermore, when we consider the cultural context, a research gap becomes clearer. The aim of this study was to delineate measures of teachers’ perceptions of professional well-being in the framework of positive psychology. The study tested the theoretically suggested measures using quantitative and qualitative data gathered from different sample sizes in line with the mixed-method research paradigm. Data belonging to a large sample size (n = 3637), medium sample size (n = 679) and small sample size (n = 29) were analysed through a mixed method with a multiple phase design. The study concludes that the main determinants of teachers’ professional well-being are self-efficacy, job satisfaction and recognition.
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Keywords: confirmatory factor analysis; mixed method; primary school teachers; professional well-being; structural equation modelling

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Education, Aksaray University, Aksaray, Turkey

Publication date: January 2, 2015

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