Early Childhood Teachers' Perceptions of Teaching: Time, Work, and Well-Being

By Helen Yost.

Published by The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning

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Published online: March 13, 2014 $US5.00

Over the past decade the pressures surrounding increased workload, and insufficient time to complete responsibilities associated with teaching, have led to an increase in teacher health related issues. Questionnaire and interviews were used by Yost (2012) to examine Tasmanian early childhood (EC ) teachers’ perceptions of teaching in Department of Education (DoE) classrooms, in Australia. This article presents one aspect of that study specifically EC teachers’ perceptions of having a lack of time, the affects this had upon them their work, and more broadly the implications for the teaching profession. Lastly, possible strategies which may alleviate the issues teachers reported are discussed.

Keywords: Early Childhood Teachers, Inadequate Time, Health and Well-being

The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2014, pp.73-81. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 13, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 626.003KB)).

Helen Yost

Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Helen is a lecturer in Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania at Launceston. Having been a former classroom teacher her research interests include teachers’ work lives, and how educational change impacts upon teachers. As a committee member of Early Childhood Educators Tasmania, North, and the Early Years Advisory Group, North-West Tasmania, Helen is able to maintain contact with teachers employed in the State and independent educational sectors.