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ERIC Number: EJ981153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-0007-0998
Teacher Efficacy and Pupil Behaviour: The Structure of Teachers' Individual and Collective Beliefs and Their Relationship with Numbers of Pupils Excluded from School
Gibbs, Simon; Powell, Ben
British Journal of Educational Psychology, v82 n4 p564-584 Dec 2012
Background: Previous work has yielded knowledge of teachers' attributions for children's behaviour. Other studies have helped to develop understanding of teachers' efficacy beliefs. Little work has been undertaken to examine teachers' efficacy beliefs with regard to classroom behaviour. Aims: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between teachers' individual and collective beliefs about their efficacy with children's behaviour and whether these beliefs were associated with the use of exclusion as a sanction. Sample: A total of 197 teachers from 31 primary and nursery schools in the North East of England participated. Methods: Participants responded to questionnaires to assess their individual and collective efficacy beliefs. Demographic and school level data were also collected. Results: Factor analysis indicated that teachers' individual efficacy beliefs were best represented by three factors: "Classroom Management", "Children's Engagement", "Instructional Strategies" that corresponded well to previous findings. Analysis of collective efficacy beliefs showed a similar structure that differed from previous findings. Individual efficacy was not associated with numbers of children excluded. One factor "Addressing External Influences" in the collective beliefs was negatively correlated with numbers of children excluded and appeared to mitigate the deleterious effects associated with socio-economic deprivation. Conclusions: This study adds weight to the importance of understanding and supporting teachers' beliefs in their collective efficacy. In particular, this study underlines the need for strategies that will endorse and develop teachers' beliefs in their ability to manage children's behaviour successfully. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)