ERIC Number: ED454187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Teacher Efficacy Narratives as a Curricular Component for Preservice Teachers.
Hall, Vinni M.
This study proposed a curriculum design for special education teacher preparation that sought to develop beliefs and stimulate thinking around a construct of teacher efficacy. Class discussions using six narratives collected from veteran special educators served as a curricular component for a student teacher seminar to talk about teacher efficacy for students with disabilities. A reference group of other professionals, parents, and students framed the narratives around five bottom line teacher efficacy objectives. The narrative activity was presented to 18 student teachers in fall 2000. Seven patterns emerged: the narratives confirmed real classroom experience; aspects of some special educator tasks were crystallized; a community of learners grappled with the narrative dilemmas; certain special educator role dimensions were influenced by age and experiences; philosophies, pronouns, and certain understandings seemed to change; talk about hard efficacy problems led to questioning solutions; and new bottom line objectives of teacher efficacy emerged. The narratives provided an opportunity to present hard-to-capture ideas, supported A. Bandura's 1997 template for the sources of self-efficacy, served as a textbook for and by practitioners, and stimulated teacher efficacy talk. (Contains 61 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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