Emotion Suppression Among Ultra-Orthodox Female Teachers (74472)

Session Information: Education and Contemporary Development Issue
Session Chair: Naomi Tsunematsu

Saturday, 25 November 2023 13:10
Session: Session 2
Room: Room D (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

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Purpose: The current study explored the process of emotion regulation among Ultra-Orthodox female teachers in Jewish educational system in Israel. The study posed two questions: (1) What kinds of emotions do Ultra-Orthodox female teachers suppress in these interactions? (2) What are the cultural and social factors affecting the female teachers' emotion regulation?

Conceptual framework: Each occupation has patterns of emotional display and suppression that are somewhat distinctive, and teaching is no exception. Emotion regulation may be defined as “the process by which individuals influence which emotions they have, when they have them, and how they experience and express these emotions” (Gross, 1999, p. 275).

Method: Semi-structured interviews with 13 Ultra-Orthodox female teachers in single-sex education for girls. The teachers had held teaching positions for four to 30 years and represent a heterogeneous group in terms of subject matter, geographical location, and level of education.

Findings: It was found that the teachers preferred to suppress their positive and negative emotions rather than displaying them in their interactions with students, emphasizing the importance of self-restraint and self-control in their professional work. Their patterns of emotion regulation are tightly entwined within the culture of the Ultra-Orthodox society in which emotional distance is considered the proper way to behave in the public sphere.

Value: Findings may increase our understanding of contextual influences on teachers' emotion regulation. They shed light on the ways in which female teachers balance their personal feelings with emotional rules in the religious society in which they live and work.

Izhar Oplatka, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Riki Vertaimer, Tel Aviv University, Israel

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Izhar Oplatka is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Tel Aviv University in Israel

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00