Early Career Teacher Resilience

ARC Linkage Grant 2008-2012
(with Professor Bruce Johnson; Professor Barry Down; Dr Rosie Le Cornu; Dr Anna Sullivan; Dr Judy Peters; Dr Jane Pearce; Ms Janet Hunter).

The first few years of teaching are difficult for many teachers. Yet research into the ‘problems’ of beginning teachers is nearly exhausted. Few new ideas about how to address these ‘problems’ are emerging.

There is a need for a new generation of collaborative research that investigates how beginning teachers develop resilience and sustain their commitment to teaching. Therefore, this project aims to find out how early career teachers deal with threats to their wellbeing. It will identify what internal strengths and external strategies promote teacher resilience. It will provide the evidence base for interventions that will increase teacher commitment and reduce teacher attrition.


A Framework of Conditions Supporting Early Career Teacher (ECT) Resilience 

Download the framework document (pdf):

icon Framework of Conditions Supporting ECTR Resilience Johnson et al 2012 


Conferences Papers and Presentations

Please find conference papers and presentations generated from this project available at this link.

icon Johnson, B., Down, B., Le Cornu, R., Peters, J., Sullivan, A. M., Pearce, J., & Hunter, J. (2010). Conditions that support early career teacher resilience. Refereed paper presented at the Australian Teacher Education Association Conference. Townsville, Qld.


In the media

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Nadelli, M. (Spring, 2010). "Teaching for keeps: What makes them stay?" University of South Australia Magazine. http://www.unisa.edu.au/news/unisamagazine/issues/2010SPRING.pdf


PBA FM in Adelaide Radio interview on Learning Works – www.learningworksradio.com "Education and Schools Building Resilience in Early Career Teachers" 15/3/10. Listen to a recording of this interview http://www.learningworksradio.com/archives/archives_mar2010.html


ABC North and West South Australia Radio interview - “Uni study aims to stop teacher exodus” 26/9/08

Listen to an Mp3 of this interview