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2011 Research Seminar Program

WAIER invites you to a research seminar to be held at Curtin University

Wednesday 28 March, 4.30 pm-6.00 pm
Venue: Curtin University
Building 209, Room 214 (Humanities Board Room)
See [Campus Maps] for location and visitor parking
Light refreshments from 4.30 pm, presentation 5.00-6.00 pm with question time.

Keeping cool: What makes a resilient teacher?


presented by
Dr Susan Beltman and Dr Caroline Mansfield

The field of teacher resilience has attracted significant attention, particularly in countries like Australia where the teaching profession is subject to high rates of attrition and teacher burnout. Despite ongoing challenges, there are personal characteristics and aspects of teachers' professional and personal lives that can sustain them and enable them to thrive, not simply survive. This presentation will focus on what makes a resilient teacher, bringing latest findings from Western Australia and around the world. We examine the complexity of resilience and the dynamic interplay between emotional, social, motivational and professional factors in the real worlds in which teachers operate. Developing resilience enables teachers to make career decisions to maintain their wellbeing in times of adversity. Implications for school administrators and teacher professional development will be discussed.

Photo: Susan BeltmanDr Susan Beltman is a Senior Lecturer and Director Student Experience in the School of Education at Curtin University. Teaching and research areas of interest include motivation, social and interpersonal aspects of learning, students at risk, teacher resilience, and school and community programs involving mentoring and role models. Photo: Caroline MansfieldDr Caroline Mansfield is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Murdoch University. Caroline's research focuses on students and teachers in learning contexts. Recent research has investigated teaching and learning in higher education settings with current projects focusing on motivation of teachers and preservice teachers, development of teacher beliefs, teacher resilience and teacher efficacy.

Cost: Non-WAIER members $5; WAIER members free.
RSVP: Dr Rita Tognini [rita.tognini@det.wa.edu.au] or
Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yiannakis [angeliki_777@hotmail.com]
by Friday 23 March for catering purposes

This seminar has been generously sponsored by the Teachers' Credit Union

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