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ERIC Number: EJ909039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
Modelling the Influence of Teacher Characteristics on Student Achievement for Canadian Students with and without Learning Disabilities
Whitley, Jessica
International Journal of Special Education, v25 n3 p88-97 2010
The present study explored the relationships between teacher characteristics and the academic achievement of students with and without Learning Disabilities (LD) in a path model. Teacher-related variables included teacher self-efficacy, expectations of students' educational attainment, level of education and years of experience. Data were drawn from the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth and participants included students in grades one through six who were taught by a single teacher (N = 2367). Results indicated that the hypothesized path model was an excellent fit to the data. Furthermore, academic achievement was significantly impacted by teacher expectations, LD status, and teacher efficacy. Teachers felt less confident in their ability to instruct students with LD, had lower expectations of their long-term success and also rated their achievement more poorly. The findings are discussed within existing research and implications for teacher preparation and in-service training programs are presented. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada