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ERIC Number: EJ970542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
Second/Foreign Language Teacher Efficacy and Its Relationship to Professional Attrition
Swanson, Peter
Canadian Modern Language Review, v68 n1 p78-101 Feb 2012
There is a shortage of second/foreign language (S/FL) teachers in many parts of the world and the attrition rates are startling. The present study, grounded in social cognitive theory, investigates Canadian and US teachers' (N = 1065) sense of efficacy in teaching languages as it relates to teacher attrition. Findings indicate that S/FL teachers tend to leave the profession as a result of a lack of confidence to teach cultural knowledge as well as the classroom management issues that can arise. The research has implications for teacher-preparation faculty, professional development coordinators, and legislators. (Contains 2 notes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States