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Niamh Lafferty


Dr Sarah MacCurtain (KBS) Prof Patricia Mannix McNamara (School of Education)

Working Title of Thesis:

The Emotional Labour of Irish Post Primary School Teachers through the Lens of Teacher Identity

Publications/Presentations to date:

Post-primary school teaching has been acknowledged as requiring emotional labour however, the reality of this for teachers currently practising in the Republic of Ireland is widely absent from relevant literature. Furthermore, the role of teacher identity in the formation of display rules, which serve as the foundation for emotional labour performance, is widely overlooked. The purpose of this study is to explore the reality of emotional labour performance for Irish post-primary school teachers through the lens of teacher identity. This study adopts a mixed-methods research design consisting of qualitative interviews with 14 currently practising secondary school teachers and a questionnaire from the wider population of Irish teachers.