ERIC Number: ED341663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Efficacy in Education: A Synopsis of the Literature.
Lacour, Eileen D.; Wilkerson, Trena W.
The term efficacy is broadly defined as the power to produce effect. Since 1977, with the advent of the concept of self-efficacy, research has attempted to establish the type and strength of the relationship between the concept and the education profession. The purpose of this document is to provide a conceptual, theoretical, and integrated review of available research literature on efficacy in teaching. Literature is reviewed on several variables: teaching behavior; student teachers; stress; demographic characteristics; student outcomes; and teaching experience. The paper provides an overview of theoretical bases and suggests an appropriate definition for use in education. It presents findings relative to personal variables, student outcomes, teaching behaviors, and system considerations. Appropriate questions are examined and implications for further research are addressed. (42 references) (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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