ERIC Number: ED405314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Lessons from the League: Relationship between Teacher Involvement and Sense of Efficacy.
Hawkins, Charles H., Jr.
The League of Professional Schools consists of 5 self-governing chapters in 3 states and has more than 100 member schools. For this study, a total of 1,379 teachers from 43 Georgia public schools (29 elementary, 7 middle and 7 high schools) were surveyed to determine their sense of efficacy about teaching effectiveness and their degree of participation in activities advocated by the League of Professional Schools, a school restructuring program to which their schools belonged. The four participation factors were school involvement, involving students, outside involvement, and action research. The two factors derived from the sense of efficacy instrument (Guskey and Passaro 1994) were the power of external forces and the power of teaching in affecting student achievement. Consistent with previous research, teachers' sense of efficacy was found to be lowest in high schools and highest in elementary schools. All participation factors except Action Research differed with school level, in line with sense of efficacy. Female teachers were found to have a higher sense of efficacy than their male counterparts but only in regard to belief in external factors as influencing student achievement. Participation factors of school involvement and student involvement varied significantly by gender while other participation factors did not. Participation generally increased with length of time in the League, but sense of efficacy was not related to time in the League. (Contains 43 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia