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An exploration of the sources of teaching self-efficacy among a sample of early career teachers

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posted on 2022-03-28, 21:13 authored by Amy Van Arkkels
In comparison with more experienced teachers, early career teachers report significantly lower levels of self-efficacy. Although the early years of teaching are a critical time for developing teacher self-efficacy, little is known about the sources of early career teacher self-efficacy judgements. Early career teachers (N=40) completed an online questionnaire assessing their self-efficacy. A smaller group (n=25) completed a reflective item which recorded the sources of their self-efficacy beliefs in the context of specific lessons they planned to deliver. Semi-structured interviews with early career teachers reporting low self-efficacy (n=3) and high self-efficacy, (n=4) probed the sources of self-efficacy in relation to the day to day experiences of early-career teaching. Consistent with the literature, participants reported lower teacher self-efficacy than the mean established by Tschannen-Moran and Woolfolk Hoy (2001). The main sources of their self-efficacy were relationships with students, perceptions of student engagement, and feedback and advice received from colleagues. The role of mastery and social persuasions as sources of early career teacher self-efficacy is discussed. Implications for the positive development of early career teacher self-efficacy are discussed.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Methodology -- Chapter 4. Results -- Chapter 5. Discussion -- References -- Appendices.


Bibliography: pages 55-61 Theoretical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Educational Studies

Department, Centre or School

Department of Educational Studies

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Anne McMaugh

Additional Supervisor 1

Norman McCulla


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