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Late-career language teachers in Austria and the UK: Pathways to retirement

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posted on 2022-04-13, 10:31 authored by Sonja Babic, Astrid Mairitsch, Sarah Mercer, Giulia Sulis, Jun Jin, Jim King, Ursula Lanvers, Sun Shin

This article seeks to explore personal and socio-contextual factors that supported or hindered the wellbeing of 13 late-career language teachers from Austria and the UK. Data were generated through in-depth life-history interviews, and analysed following a Grounded Theory approach (Charmaz, 2006). Findings revealed the interplay of various personal and socio-contextual factors that influenced teachers’ wellbeing and willingness to stay in the profession. Findings also showed four different pathways to retirement: Perceived stress and wanting to leave the profession; loved being a teacher but mentally preparing for retirement; busy with work, not thinking about retirement; and, thriving and not planning retirement. 

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This work was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) [project number: P 31261-G29].

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Babic, Sonja, et al. "Late-career language teachers in Austria and the UK: Pathways to retirement." Teaching and Teacher Education 113 (2022): 103686.

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School of Education

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Teaching and Teacher Education

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113

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103686 - 103686

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Elsevier

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0742-051X

Acceptance date

2022-02-20

Copyright date

2022

Available date

2022-03-02

Language

en

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