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ERIC Number: ED292763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Experience and Confidence in Teachers.
Daniel, Larry G.; Okeafor, Karen R.
The process of teachers' gaining a professional identity may be impeded by teachers' autonomy and by their relative isolation within individual classrooms. As a result, teachers and school administrators tend to operate under a logic of confidence--a good faith assumption that teachers will perform their jobs in an acceptable manner without the need for close supervision. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between teachers' logic of confidence beliefs, their levels of teaching experience, and the object of their confidence--self, the typical beginning teacher, and the typical experienced teacher. Findings indicated that there were statistically significant differences in group means only in respondents' perceptions of the typical beginning teacher with confidence in beginning teachers inversely related to experience. In addition, teachers tended to place more confidence in themselves than in either the typical beginning or typical experienced teacher. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Mobile, AL, November 11-13, 1987).