How does the PRIDE theory describe leadership and organisation that enhances vocational education teachers’ (VET) enthusiasm? An analysis of enthusiastic Finnish VET-teachers’ perceptions

Sanna Wenström, Satu Uusiautti, Kaarina Määttä

Abstract


The purpose of this research was to analyse vocational education teachers’ (VET) perceptions of enthusiasm at work. The analysis leaned on positive organisational theory and an index called PRIDE. Finnish VETs (N=15) who described themselves as enthusiastic teachers were interviewed with a themed interview method. The analysis followed the principles of qualitative content analysis. The data were categorised in a theory-based manner into the elements of PRIDE theory: positive practices, relationship enhancement, individual attributes, deviant leadership, and emotional well-being. According to the findings, the elements of PRIDE appeared interconnected in a manner that could be enhanced through leadership and organisation of work. Three themes appeared common to all elements: opportunities for development and to develop work, recognition and use of strengths and potential, and enhancement of interaction and collaboration. The research brought important information about how VETs could cope with the current changing work, and maintain their enthusiasm during the reform process of vocational education taking place in Finland. In addition, suggestions were made on how to lead and enhance teacher enthusiasm as a part of renewing vocational teaching.


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