The Effects of Short-Term Natural Environment Exposure on Preservice Teacher Well-Being


  • Laura Allen Trinity University
  • Courtney Crim
  • Benjamin Sosnaud
  • Ellen Barnett
  • Jonathan King



Preservice teachers, Well-Being, Resilience, Environment, Professional Development


This study explores changes in well-being for 16 preservice teachers in natural and simulated professional development environments. The Rumination Questionnaire and Profile of Mood States (POMS) were used as indicators of well-being. A follow-up survey assessed changes in preservice teachers’ well-being strategies four months later. Compared to the professional development setting, the natural environment positively affected rumination and POMS scales of Tension-Anxiety, Confusion-Bewilderment, Esteem-Related Affect, and Total Mood Disturbance. Follow-up data found that participants agreed that spending time in natural settings improved their well-being; however, time constraints limited doing so. Conclusions suggest that preparation programs consider including nature-based experiences as one strategy for developing teacher well-being.  

Keywords: Preservice Teachers, Well-Being, Resilience, Environment, Professional Development


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Allen, L., Crim, C., Sosnaud, B., Barnett, E., & King, J. (2023). The Effects of Short-Term Natural Environment Exposure on Preservice Teacher Well-Being. Texas Educator Preparation, 7(2), 47–62.