The Impact of Social Uncertainty, Protests, and COVID-19 on Hong Kong Teachers

Kevin M. Wong*, Benjamin Luke MOORHOUSE

*Corresponding author for this work

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Teachers in Hong Kong endured an unprecedented 2019–2020 school year with widespread civil unrest followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These events placed a great deal of stress on teachers as they navigated them with students in face-to-face and virtual environments. The current study examines how social uncertainty impacted ten primary and secondary school teachers in Hong Kong through semi-structured interviews. Findings indicated that the challenging events strengthened teacher motivation as they demonstrated greater commitment to teaching, a strong desire to journey with students through hardship, and a motivation to equip students with tools to navigate uncertain circumstances in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-655
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

User-Defined Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Hong Kong
  • protests
  • social uncertainty
  • Teacher motivation


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