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ERIC Number: ED429976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 59
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Self Efficacy and Cultural Awareness: A Study of Returned Peace Corps Teachers.
Cross, Mary Catherine
This study investigated how returned Peace Corps teachers viewed the Peace Corps experience and its impact on their self-efficacy and cultural awareness. Participants were 154 returned Peace Corps teachers who completed a questionnaire that contained demographic questions, a self-efficacy scale, and a teacher-efficacy scale. A subset of 15 teachers were interviewed to examine cultural awareness, self-efficacy, teacher-efficacy, and the importance of the Peace Corps experience. A group of 6 teachers out of the 15 were observed in their classrooms. The observation focused on practices that were associated with high self-efficacy teachers and effective multicultural teachers. Data analysis indicated teachers ranked the Peace Corps experience highly in its effect on their self-efficacy and cultural awareness, and less highly in its effect on their teaching. The results indicate that the Peace Corps functioned as a mastery experience. The effect was robust and persistent. Returned volunteers attributed many changes to the Peace Corps, even if the experience had been more than 30 years ago. Teachers ranked the Peace Corps experience as very important in affecting their personality and somewhat important in affecting their teaching. The questionnaire is appended. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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