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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01926

Italian Teachers’ Well-Being Within the High School Context: Evidence From a Large Scale Survey

 Barbara Barbieri1, 2*, Isabella Sulis2, Mariano Porcu2 and  Michael D. Toland3
  • 1University of Cagliari, Italy
  • 2Department of Political and Social Sciences, Faculty of Legal, Economic and Political Sciences, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • 3Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology, College of Education, University of Missouri, United States

This paper aims to investigate the relationship between Italian teachers’ well-being, socio-demographic characteristics and professional background. Using data from the 2015 wave of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) we considered information collected by the questionnaire completed by a total of 6,491 teachers in the sampled schools. Moving from existing literature on teachers’ well-being, we investigate several aspects related to the teachers’ working environment, career motivation and investment, and job satisfaction. We assess the variability in the observed outcomes attributable to school factors and heterogeneity between disciplines. Measurement models are combined in a multilevel setting in order to define teachers’ well-being on a broad perspective while accounting for the multiple sources of heterogeneity due to several factors (e.g., discipline, teacher professional background, and individual differences) occurring at different levels of the data structure. In general, results show that the teachers’ positive perception of the working environment in terms of availability of adequate human and physical resources, and professional development opportunities, provide a substantial state of well-being at work, and are related to teachers’ job satisfaction. Moreover, results highlight the key role of transformational leadership in defining a teacher’s well-being. Findings and implications are discussed.

Keywords: Well-being, teachers, PISA, measurement models, multilevel, job satisfacion

Received: 07 Jun 2019; Accepted: 05 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Barbieri, Sulis, Porcu and Toland. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Barbara Barbieri, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, barbara.barbieri@unica.it