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Preschool teachers' resilience in a connection with their professional development

Nika Černe (2017) Preschool teachers' resilience in a connection with their professional development. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The main research subject of my bachelor thesis is resilience in a connection with professional development of preschool teachers. I have divided the thesis in two larger parts; theoretical and empirical. In the theoretical part I defined the characteristics of resilience and connection with its protection and risk factors. I presented the development of resilience theory and its role in kindergarten education. Next I explained the concept of professional development, highlighted its characteristics and factors, described three different models of professional developments and also presented its shortcomings. In the conclusion of the theoretical part I defined the connection between preschool teachers' resilience and their professional development. The key point of my interest was the preschool teachers' perception of resilience. I wanted to find out which factor of resilience is the most and the least common, and whether there is a connection between preschool teachers' professional development and their resilience. The sample group of my research were the preschool teachers of the second age period from different Slovenian kindergartens. They were asked to solve the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (2001, 2013, 2015). I have established that preschool teachers generally consider themselves as resilient. They often control their life and are frequently quickly adjustable, regardless of obstacles that appear. The area they perceive most strongly is their controlling of the work environment, while the least important factor in this regard is spiritual development. The research has also shown that the difference in the stages of professional development among the preschool teachers does not have a statistically important influence on their resilience level. Due to the findings, the conclusion of my bachelor thesis offers the starting point for the further researches, with which results we could provide the public informed about the importance of resilience.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: resilience, professional development, models of professional development, preschool teachers, kindergarten
    Number of Pages: 46
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Simona ProsenMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Helena Smrtnik VitulićComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11724105)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4719
    Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 10:49
    Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 10:49
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4719

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