From struggling to flourishing and thriving: optimizing educator wellbeing within the Australian education context

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Educators' wellbeing is inextricably linked to their capacity to teach and care for children. In this context, many factors may support or hinder educator wellbeing. This study identified educators’ perspectives regarding their wellbeing experiences and needs. Thirteen focus groups (n = 49) were facilitated, with a range of cohorts. Analysis identified five themes; (i) thriving, how educator wellbeing is manifested, (ii) struggling, when educator wellbeing is compromised, (iii) factors that impede educator wellbeing, (iv) marginalization and exclusion experiences, and (v) strategies for promoting wellbeing. A multi-layered systemic approach is required to improve workplace culture and policies and enhance educator wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103727
Number of pages12
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • Early years
  • Educator
  • Mental health
  • Schools
  • Wellbeing

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