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ERIC Number: EJ882285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Academic Optimism of Individual Teachers: Confirming a New Construct
Beard, Karen Stansberry; Hoy, Wayne K.; Hoy, Anita Woolfolk
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v26 n5 p1136-1144 Jul 2010
Teacher sense of academic optimism is individual teachers' beliefs that they can teach effectively, their students can learn, and parents will support them so the teacher can press hard for learning. This new construct is grounded in the social cognitive and self-efficacy theories, social capital theory, work on school culture and climate and research on learned optimism. At the school level, collective academic optimism has been related to academic performance (Hoy, Tarter, & Woolfolk Hoy, 2006b). The analyses tested and supported the validity and reliability of the construct at the individual level with elementary school teachers in a confirmatory factor analysis using Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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