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ERIC Number: ED508555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Affecting Positive Political Change for Texas Teacher Educators: Preservice Teachers' Perceived Efficacy toward the Political Process
Estes, L. Karen; Owens, Carolyn; Zipperlen, Marlene
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The purpose of this study was to determine if a correlation exists between politically-oriented experiences and teacher candidates' sense of efficacy for political advocacy. Pre-service teacher candidates in a Texas university completed the Political Advocacy Scale of Efficacy for Teachers (PASET), a survey instrument designed to measure one's degree of efficaciousness toward political advocacy. Following this, students attended an international conference on education, which included a specific workshop on political advocacy and met with politicians in a variety of settings. Data collected from the post administration of the PASET suggested that targeted interventions may affect a pre-service teacher's sense of efficacy for political advocacy. Given a pervasive culture among Texas teachers that does little to positively impact political decisions which affect education, changing preservice teachers' efficacy toward political advocacy could benefit education as a whole. (Contains 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas