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Teachers' Work and Emotions

A Sociological Analysis, 1st Edition

By Kwok Kuen Tsang


136 pages

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Being a teacher is often thought of as an emotionally fulfilling job, with many positive experiences in watching students grow and mature. However, as Tsang’s research shows, there are plenty of negative emotional experiences in this line of work as well. Given the recent attention towards mental health and well-being, this book addresses these negative experiences and provides recommendations for dealing with them.

Focusing on teachers in Hong Kong, Tsang investigates the social mechanisms that arouse such negative emotional experiences, otherwise known as caam2. He asserts that these feelings are socially constructed, and it is only by understanding the causes and feelings can we begin to improve teachers’ emotional well-being and teaching quality. Using a theoretical framework based on a critical review and synthesis of five existing perspectives, including labor process perspective, school administration perspective, emotional labor perspective, social interaction perspective, and teacher identity perspective, Tsang does precisely that, exploring the social process of these emotional experiences and the interplay between teacher agency and social structure. These findings go a long way in ameliorating teacher experiences all over the world.

Table of Contents


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Chapter 1 Introduction: A Need of Sociological Inquiry into Teachers’ Emotional Experiences

Chapter 2 Sociological Perspectives of Teachers’ Emotional Experiences

Chapter 3 Values and Goals of Teaching

Chapter 4 Power and Status, Workload, and Emotional Experiences in Teaching

Chapter 5 School Administrative System and Emotional Experiences in Teaching

Chapter 6 Structural Education Reforms and Emotional Experiences in Teaching

Chapter 7 Positive Student-related Matters and Emotional Experiences in Teaching

Chapter 8 Conclusion: Teachers as Disempowered Moral Agents



About the Author

Kwok Kuen Tsang is Associate Professor at College of Educational Administration, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University, China

About the Series

Routledge Series on Schools and Schooling in Asia

The purpose of this series is to provide a comprehensive coverage of schooling issues in

Asia and a platform for exploring educational futures in the region. It also aims to:

• Locate schools in the broader social, political, economic and cultural contexts that

construct them.

• Investigate the ways schools cater for all groups of students, and in particular

disadvantaged groups, in the quest for equality of opportunity.

• Investigate the distinctive qualities of schools in Asia and the relationship of these

qualities to schooling outcomes.

• Highlight comparative issues in schooling across East-West divides including cultures,

digital technologies, socioeconomic well being and development trajectories of different


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
EDUCATION / Professional Development