ERIC Number: ED466455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Practice and Implications of a Correlational Approach to Motivation, Efficacy, and Behavior Research in Teacher Education.
So, Hosung; Sharpe, Tom; Klockow, Jeanne; Martin, Matt
This paper summarizes historically separate literatures related to motivation, efficacy, and behavioral analysis in education, with a view toward the potential benefits of pursuing correlational study across these historically separate research domains. It also provides pilot data illustrating the potential appeal of a correlational approach across these traditionally separate educational variables. Six preservice physical educators completed the Teacher Motivation for Teaching in Physical Education (TMT-PE) questionnaire and the Teacher Efficacy Scale (TES) before and after their practice teaching activities. They were also observed during one semester. On the TMT-PE, females showed higher means in both motivating potential score (MPS) and efficacy than males, though there were no significant gender differences in MPS. There was no significant mean difference in MPS between experienced and non-experienced participants. On the TES, females showed higher mean scores than males, though there was no significant mean difference in efficacy. There was no significant correlation between gender and motivation and efficacy. A strong negative correlation was found between motivation and percent of positive feedback used by preservice teachers. There was no significant correlation between motivation and student behaviors. Two appendixes provide the TMT-PE scale and the direct observation category system for teacher behaviors. (Contains 48 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Correlation, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Higher Education, Physical Education Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Research Methodology, Self Efficacy, Sex Differences, Student Behavior, Student Teachers, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (San Diego, CA, April 9-13, 2002).