Education and Well-being in Focus: IHU Members and ProW Project Team Engage at the 20th Biennial EARLI Conference

Thessaloniki, August 28, 2023 – The International Hellenic University (IHU) and the team behind the ProW project (Promoting Teachers Well-being through Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood Education – 626146-EPP-1-2020-2-EL-EPPKA3-PI-POLICY) made significant contributions to the 20th Biennial EARLI Conference, hosted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Macedonia, Greece, held from August 22 to 26.

The conference provided an exceptional platform for researchers and professionals across diverse educational domains to converge and deliberate on the theme “Education as a Hope in Uncertain Times.” Notably, the ProW project team organized a symposium titled “Teachers’ Well-being, Social Self-efficacy, Burnout, and Job Satisfaction in Early Childhood Education Across Four Countries,” which garnered substantial interest.

The ProW project team’s symposium aimed to shed light on the critical aspects of teachers’ well-being, burnout, job satisfaction, and social self-efficacy within the context of early childhood education across various nations. The symposium’s insights were derived from comprehensive research and empirical studies conducted in different countries. The symposium not only highlighted the challenges faced by educators but also presented strategies and potential solutions to enhance the overall well-being of teachers.

Participants from the ProW project showcased their research outcomes and exchanged innovative ideas during the conference. By delving into state-of-the-art research in learning and instruction, attendees explored how education can serve as a beacon of hope during uncertain times. The event facilitated the bridging of knowledge gaps and the promotion of research esteem among professionals with interdisciplinary interests.

The collaboration between IHU and the ProW project team not only contributed to the academic dialogue but also underscored the significance of supporting teachers’ well-being and fostering a positive environment in early childhood education. As the conference concluded, its participants left with enriched perspectives, promising strategies, and a reinforced dedication to leveraging education as a force for good in an ever-changing world.