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ERIC Number: ED546928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 78
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-1381-6
The Effect of Cultural Receptivity and Teacher Efficacy on Education Referral Decisions
Baker, John Constantine
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
The effect of teacher efficacy on student learning, teacher expectation, classroom management, and decision making are just a few of the well-established relationships documented in the literature. Not as clear, however, is the relative influence of cultural receptivity--the degree of which teachers are open to cultural diversity--on the referral decisions made by classroom teachers. This study investigated the effect of level of cultural receptivity and teacher efficacy on classroom referrals, namely referrals for determining eligibility for special education and general support services such as counseling, mentoring, and after school tutoring. Forty-two teachers across five elementary schools in Alachua County, Florida participated in the study. High-efficacy teachers in the study made fewer classroom referrals within a school year than their low-teaching efficacy counterparts. No relationship between teacher level of cultural receptivity and rate of classroom referrals was found in the study. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida