ERIC Number: ED327508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Relationship between Teacher Self-Concept and Teacher Efficacy.
Thomson, James R., Jr.; Handley, Herbert M.
According to the literature, high professional self-esteem among teachers is associated with efficacy. The first in a projected series of longitudinal studies was undertaken to investigate the relationship between preservice teachers' self-concept and their sense of efficacy. The subjects of the study were 220 elementary and secondary preservice teachers. At the end of their 12-week student teaching experience, 2 instruments were administered: the "Myself as a Teacher Scale" and the "Teacher Locus of Control Scale." Data from the stepwise multiple regression analysis showed a low positive relationship between the internal locus responses of the subjects and their concepts of self as a teacher. The internal positive scale was the best predictor of self-concept; i.e., the teachers' successful efforts were more related to their self-concept. The negative internal scale, however, was also associated with positive self-concept. These data show a positive relationship between teacher efficacy and self-concept, but no causal relationship is inferred. It appears that variables other than self-concept are involved in teacher efficacy. (JD)
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 (New Orleans, LA, November 13-16, 1990).