The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 699–714 | Cite as

Cultivating teacher thriving through social–emotional competence and its development

  • Rebecca J. CollieEmail author
  • Nancy E. Perry


We propose the Framework for Cultivating Teacher Thriving, which identifies the important role that teachers’ social–emotional competence (SEC) plays in helping them to thrive at work (and beyond). The framework operationalises SEC by way of teachers’ basic psychological need satisfaction (a sense of autonomy, competence, and relatedness), autonomous motivation, and behaviours as relevant to the social and emotional domains. The three components form an iterative process of social and emotional competence development. The components of SEC are promoted by supportive work environments and, in turn, promote and are promoted by teacher thriving at work (e.g. job satisfaction, organisational commitment). The relationships identified in the framework are situated within different contexts, which influence and are influenced by individual differences among teachers (e.g. recent experiences of adversity). After introducing the model, our focus turns to professional learning as a means for helping teachers further develop their SEC and thriving at work.


Teachers Resilience Well-being Buoyancy Social–emotional competence Professional learning 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Faculty of EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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