Exploring Work-related well-being of Preschool Teachers in the Period of Covid-19 Pandemic

Gülhan, Meryem
Sevinç, Şerife
Karan, Şeyda
Çetken, Hatice Şebnem
Menteşe, Yeliz
This study was conducted to explore the work-related well-being of preschool teachers in the period of Covid-19 Covid19 Pandemic has created new issues in the lives of children, parents, and teachers, which in turn affects the workrelated well-being of preschool teachers (OECD, 2020). The framework explaining the work-related well-being of preschool teachers is functional to explain the well-being holistically within the interaction of different layers of society from macro to microsystems (Bronfenbrenner, 1979; Cumming & Wong, 2019). This study was designed as a revelatory single case study within a phenomenological approach to reveal explanatory information about the experiences of preschool teachers. Semi-structured online interviews were conducted with eight preschool teachers working in the private sector in Turkey. The analysis was conducted through a thematic analysis within a phenomenological hermeneutical approach. Besides the institutional ethical board's permission, a consent form and information sheet were provided to all participants for data collection and audio-records. Being a preschool teacher in the private sector brings new challenges to the work-related well-being nested in the personal life, social life, and working conditions and experiences. Teachers’ overall well-being has been influenced negatively due to the over workload, less socializing, and becoming more observable during the online learning process with the general policies and social restrictions caused by the C-19 pandemic. Due to the importance of work-related well-being and satisfaction of teachers, solving the problems might improve the quality of early childhood education during this time, which might have effects on the different people in the society


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M. Gülhan, Ş. Sevinç, Ş. Karan, H. Ş. Çetken, and Y. Menteşe, “Exploring Work-related well-being of Preschool Teachers in the Period of Covid-19 Pandemic,” presented at the 30th EECERA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, London, İngiltere, 2021, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.eecera.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Abstract-book-v4-28-Oct.pdf.