A Study on the Impact of Social Support on Work Meaningfulness of Elementary School Bilingual Teachers in Taiwan (75363)

Session Information:

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 15:45
Session: Poster
Room: Orion Hall
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

After Taiwan initiated the 2030 Bilingual Policy, bilingual teachers encountered significant resistance while implementing this policy. Moreover, the heavy workload and preparation required for bilingual education, combined with the lack of bilingual teaching staff and materials, have led to substantial work-related stress for bilingual teachers. Social support has the potential to enhance teachers' work meaningfulness and alleviate their job-related pressures. Therefore, understanding how social support impacts the work meaningfulness of bilingual teachers is the central focus of this research.
The research methodology utilizes semi-structured interviews and data analysis as supplementary techniques. The research subjects were selected through purposive sampling, involving interviews with three bilingual teachers from different elementary schools. The research findings are as follows:
1. Due to the hasty implementation of the bilingual policy, some teaching staff positions have not been adequately filled, leading to many incumbent bilingual educators are predominantly staffed by English teachers. Because these teachers lacked relevant training and observation during their teacher training regarding bilingual education, they require support from schools and the general public.
2. Bilingual teachers find a sense of achievement in the growth of their students and themselves. This occurs when students improve their English language skills, become more motivated to speak English, and when teachers enhance their cross-disciplinary skills by sharing bilingual experiences. This growth fosters a greater sense of professional purpose and supports bilingual education policies.
3. Most bilingual teachers lack training in bilingual curriculum development. Both informational and instrumental social support, such as guidance and advice from Education Bureau, observation of bilingual classes, and sharing of teaching materials, influence their work meaningfulness.

Authors:
Yu-Hsiang Liu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Chuan-Chung Hsieh, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan


About the Presenter(s)
Ms Yu-Hsiang Liu is a School Teacher/Instructor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan

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