Teachers’ Resilience in Vocational Education and Training (VET)

  • Viviana SappaEmail author
  • Elena Boldrini
  • Antje Barabasch
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Teachers’ well-being is a crucial prerequisite of high-quality education and training. More specifically, research on teachers’ resilience – the ability to stay engaged and satisfied with the profession despite the highly demanding nature of teaching – is very informative to identify difficulties and resources that mostly impact teachers’ well-being. Based on empirical evidence, this contribution provides an overview of the main risks and protective factors related to teachers’ resilience by specifically focusing on the vocational education and training (VET) teacher population.

In this respect, the findings of a Swiss national study on VET teachers’ resilience are illustrated and then integrated with the most recent literature on teachers’ resilience and well-being. The empirical evidence reported here is consistent with a socio-ecological interpretation of teachers’ resilience as the result of a dynamic interplay between individual and contextual factors. On the one hand, difficulties related to teaching and classroom management and difficulties in work-life balance and critical job conditions were found to have the most direct impact on teachers’ well-being. On the other hand, sense of vocation, teaching and classroom management abilities, and school-related resources played a crucial role in supporting teachers to be resilient in times of adversity. Peculiarities of VET are described both in relation to risk and protective factors. Differences across the professional career phases are additionally discussed. Moreover, implications for VET education policy and practice are reported. Finally, recommendations for future research on teachers’ resilience are outlined.


Teachers’ resilience Vocational education and training Risk and protective factors Quali-quantitative research Socio-ecological perspective 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Viviana Sappa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elena Boldrini
    • 1
  • Antje Barabasch
    • 2
  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET)LuganoSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), BernZollikofenSwitzerland

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