Teachers in a changing school world - How does the new curriculum affect teachers' well-being at work?

The introduction of the new curriculum for basic education started progressively at different grade levels in autumn 2016. The aim of the curriculum is to improve the participation and learning of pupils. We will examine how the new curriculum has affected teachers' well-being at work.
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We will examine whether changes have taken place in the well-being at work of comprehensive school teachers as a result of the introduction of the new curriculum. For example, how does leadership and the challenging nature of the school district affect change? 

Data and methods

  • In the project, we will use the survey results of the Kunta 10 survey collected in 2014–2018. We assess the challenge of school districts with the indicators used by the Ministry of Education and Culture as the basis of the so-called equality grant. 
  • We examine good practices of promotion of well-being at work in different schools through thematic interviews. Changes in indicators of well-being at work are assessed, for example, with a mean value analysis. 
  • We examine the relationship between leadership and the indicators describing the link between challenges of different districts and well-being at work using regression models. The interviews are analysed through content analysis. 

Results and impact

The information obtained from the study can be used in education planning and when considering the need for resources and support in different school units. Ensuring teachers' well-being at work is important not only for the teachers themselves, but also for ensuring high-quality and equal teaching. 

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Maarit Kauppi

Maarit Kauppi

hankkeen projektipäällikkö, erikoistutkija

Maarit.Kauppi [at]
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The Finnish Work Environment Fund