ERIC Number: ED451180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
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Teacher Efficacy and Inclusion: The Impact of Preservice Experiences on Beliefs.
Freytag, Cathy E.
This study defined teacher efficacy beliefs, discussed teacher attitudes toward inclusion, and investigated the impact of preservice experiences. It hypothesized that there would be a significant mean difference in teachers' efficacy scores and the number of preservice courses addressing inclusion and that there would be a mean difference between teaching field (general or special education). Each hypothesis was examined on two levels: personal efficacy and teaching efficacy. A group of 48 Florida general and special education teachers completed the Teacher Efficacy Scale and provided demographic data which included educational background and teaching assignment. Data analysis indicated that there were significant differences in both personal efficacy scores and teaching efficacy scores when teaching field was the main effect. Special education teachers had higher levels of general teaching efficacy and personal teaching efficacy than did general education teachers. Number of inclusion courses taken in undergraduate teacher training programs did not have a significant impact on mean teacher efficacy scores. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Teacher Efficacy Scale