ERIC Number: EJ1024370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Pre-Service Teachers' Efficacy Beliefs and Concerns in Malaysia, England and New Zealand
Berg, David A. G.; Smith, Lisa F.
Issues in Educational Research, v24 n1 p21-40 2014
This study compared perceptions of teacher efficacy beliefs and concerns about teaching in pre-service teacher cohorts from New Zealand, Malaysia, and England. Participants were primary pre-service teachers from Malaysia (n = 53), New Zealand (n = 100), and England (n = 119), who completed the Teachers' Sense of Efficacy (long form) (Tschannen-Moran & Woolfolk Hoy, 2001) and the Concerns About Teaching Scale (Smith, Corkery, Buckley & Calvert, 2012) at the beginning of the second year of their teaching programs. Eight focus groups (n = 4 to 8 each) were conducted to further explore the issues. Results indicated that both culture and context are important in regard to pre-service teachers' concerns about teaching and their teacher efficacy beliefs. Differences by nation were most evident in the comparatively low efficacy beliefs reported by the Malaysian pre-service teachers, who also expressed concerns about teaching class sizes of 50 primary students, having subject-based rather than class-based contact with students, and dealing with high parental expectations of student success. Results are discussed in terms of practical applications when preparing pre-service teachers from the cultural contexts represented by the participants.
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Cross Cultural Studies, Focus Groups, Class Size, Parent Aspiration, Academic Achievement, Cultural Context, Questionnaires, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia; New Zealand; United Kingdom (England)