Pre-Service Student-Teacher Self-efficacy Beliefs: An Insight Into the Making of Teachers

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Title Pre-Service Student-Teacher Self-efficacy Beliefs: An Insight Into the Making of Teachers
Author Pendergast, Donna Lee; Garvis, Susie; Keogh, Jayne
Journal Name Australian Journal of Teacher Education
Editor Bruce Hynes
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Social Science Press
Abstract Pre-service teacher education programs play an important role in the development of beginning teacher self-efficacy and identity. Research suggests that this development is influenced by the ‘apprenticeship of learning’. However, there remains limited research about the self-efficacy beliefs and identity construction of beginning pre-service teachers entering teacher training, and the impact of the education programs on the development of these attributes. This paper reports on the first phase of a longitudinal study that investigates beginning teacher pre-service teachers’ views of what it is to be a teacher. In 2010, the Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale (Tschannen-Moran & Woolfolk Hoy, 2001) was administered twice (start and end of the year) to beginning pre-service teachers enrolled in three programs: the Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education; Graduate Diploma of Education - Primary; and the Graduate Diploma of Education – Secondary. Identity data in the form of text and visual representations of the teachers was also collected. This paper focuses on the results from the self-efficacy scale, highlighting the similarities and more notable contrasts in individual perceived ratings of teacher self-efficacy. Implications for further research are shared.
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Volume 36
Issue Number 12
Page from 46
Page to 58
ISSN 0313-5373
Date Accessioned 2011-12-02
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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