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Garvis, Susanne; Pendergast, Donna – International Journal of Education & the Arts, 2011
The self-efficacy beliefs teachers hold about their ability to teach subjects shapes their competence in teaching. Teacher self-efficacy is defined as teacher beliefs in their ability to perform a teaching task. If teachers have strong teacher self-efficacy in the teaching of arts education, they are more likely to incorporate arts in the…
Descriptors: Visual Arts, Early Childhood Education, Self Efficacy, Young Children
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Pendergast, Donna; Garvis, Susanne; Keogh, Jayne – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2011
Pre-service teacher education programs play an important role in the development of beginning teacher' self-efficacy and identity. Research suggests that this development is influenced by the "apprenticeship of learning". However, there remains limited research about the self-efficacy beliefs and identity construction of beginning…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Early Childhood Education, Self Efficacy
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Garvis, Susie; Pendergast, Donna – Australian Journal of Music Education, 2010
In the middle years of schooling, spanning grades four to nine, it is common practice for generalist teachers to deliver integrated arts education. Research confirms that teacher effectiveness with the arts is influenced by their sense of efficacy, which is derived from a coalition of factors including confidence, competence, subject mastery and…
Descriptors: Art Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Educational Experience
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Main, Katherine; Pendergast, Donna – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2015
The authors outline the potent relationship between continuing professional development (CPD), teacher efficacy, and student learning outcomes in the context of a major reform of middle years teacher work in Queensland, Australia. The authors explore core features of effective teacher CPD, including content focus, active learning, coherence,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Continuing Education, Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers
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Garvis, Susanne; Pendergast, Donna – International Journal of Education & the Arts, 2010
This paper examines and reports on beginning generalist teacher self-efficacy, which Bandura (1997) suggests plays an important part in student outcomes. In 2008, 201 beginning generalist teachers throughout the state of Queensland, Australia, participated in a study that aimed to provide a snapshot of current perceptions towards support in…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Art Education
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Garvis, Susanne; Twigg, Danielle; Pendergast, Donna – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2011
According to the National Education and the Arts Statement (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, 2007), all children and young people should have a high-quality arts education. To achieve this teachers require a high level of skill and training, and the belief that they are self-efficacious in the teaching of…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Preservice Teacher Education, Self Efficacy, Cooperating Teachers
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Keogh, Jayne; Garvis, Susanne; Pendergast, Donna; Diamond, Pat – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2012
The intensification process associated with the first year of teaching has a significant impact on beginning teachers' personal and professional lives. This paper uses a narrative approach to investigate the electronic conversations of 16 beginning teachers on a self-initiated group email site. The participants' electronic exchanges demonstrated…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Electronic Mail, Beginning Teachers, Self Determination
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Ronto, Rimante; Ball, Lauren; Pendergast, Donna; Harris, Neil D. – Journal of School Health, 2016
Background: Food literacy can encourage adolescents to develop healthy dietary patterns. This study examined home economics teachers' (HET) perspectives of the importance, curriculum, self-efficacy, and food environments regarding food literacy in secondary schools in Australia. Methods: A 20-item cross-sectional survey was completed by 205 HETs.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Food, Dietetics, Nutrition
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Pendergast, Donna; Whitehead, Kay; de Jong, Terry; Newhouse-Maiden, Lesley; Bahr, Nan – Australian Educational Researcher, 2007
Teacher education programs focussing on the development of specialist teachers for "the middle years" have proliferated in Australian universities in recent years. This paper provides some insights into middle years' teacher education programs at the University of Queensland, Edith Cowan and Flinders Universities with regard to their:…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Longitudinal Studies
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Twigg, Danielle; Pendergast, Donna; Flückiger, Bev; Garvis, Susanne; Johnson, Greer; Robertson, Jan – International Research in Early Childhood Education, 2013
Professional development in the form of coaching has the potential to support practitioners who are being inducted into new policy and curriculum initiatives. This paper examines the efficacy of a coaching program in its support of educators to align their practice with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework for all Children…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Coaching (Performance), Preschool Teachers, Program Evaluation
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Kapitzke, Cushla; Pendergast, Donna – Teachers College Record, 2005
This article reports on an evaluation of a virtual schooling innovation in an Australian context. The Virtual Schooling Service Pilot uses online technologies to deliver senior school subjects in both synchronous and asynchronous modes of delivery. The purpose of the study was to analyze the organizational, pedagogical, and technological efficacy…
Descriptors: Innovation, Computer Mediated Communication