Teacher Emotional Experiences in the Pandemic

Teacher-pandemicProject Name: Teacher Emotional Experiences in the Pandemic 
Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified levels of anxiety and stress for P-12 teachers around the globe. Prior to the pandemic, teachers experienced higher levels of stress, and emotional labor compared to other professions. Still, through the pandemic’s effect on schools and schooling, it has exacerbated these problem. Previous research has found that teachers use a variety of emotion regulation strategies to regulate their classroom emotions, some of which (e.g., cognitive reappraisal) are found to be protective against burnout. However, little is known about how teachers specifically regulate emotions related to the pandemic and to “pandemic teaching.” The purpose of this research is to understand teachers’ emotional experiences and feelings of burnout during the pandemic, and how individual (i.e., emotion regulation and coping strategies) or contextual factors (e.g., school administrative support, social support) intersect with different facets of their emotional experiences.
Participating IRML Members: Dr. Mei-Lin Chang, and Dr. Rachel Gaines (in collaboration with Kristen Mosley from the University of Texas at Austin)
Timeline: 2021-2022
Funding Status: We expanded the project exploring teacher emotional experiences in the post-pandemic classrooms.  [insert NEW link here for “Active Project”].  This project was funded by a 2022 BCOE Research Team Grant (TEAM TESCA; Teacher Emotion, Stress, Coping, and Attrition). 

Related Publications: Research to Practice Brief and Effects of Autonomy Support and Emotion Regulation on Teacher Burnout in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the high impact journal Frontiers in Psychology (2022).