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AN EXPLORATION OF TEACHERS' PERCEPTIONS OF SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT AND SCHOOL LEADERSHIP RELATIVE TO COLLECTIVE EFFICACY

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2015
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Rigorous school accountability efforts in education have increased interest in factors that may contribute to positive learning environments for all participants in the educational process. The primary concept of interest of this study was that of collective efficacy, a mechanism of personal agency, espoused by Albert Bandura through Social Cognitive Theory. Collective efficacy, is defined as "a group's shared belief in its conjoint capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given levels of attainments" (Bandura, 1997, p. 477). Teacher's perceptions of school environments and school leadership were explored relative to collective efficacy. Bandura (1997) has suggested that each of these factors (school environments, school leadership, and collective efficacy) may have a positive impact upon the educational process, yet empirical relationships among the three factors are not evidenced in the literature. This study was conducted with K-12 elementary school teachers at 17 school sites, utilizing three instruments measuring each factor: collective efficacy, leadership, and school environment. Instruments were disseminated electronically. A significant relationship was found among the factors in combined analysis, although multiple regression analysis of independent influence was significant only with environment in relationship to collective efficacy.
Title: AN EXPLORATION OF TEACHERS' PERCEPTIONS OF SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT AND SCHOOL LEADERSHIP RELATIVE TO COLLECTIVE EFFICACY.
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Name(s): Ball, Karen Mae, Author
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of West Florida
Language(s): English
Summary: Rigorous school accountability efforts in education have increased interest in factors that may contribute to positive learning environments for all participants in the educational process. The primary concept of interest of this study was that of collective efficacy, a mechanism of personal agency, espoused by Albert Bandura through Social Cognitive Theory. Collective efficacy, is defined as "a group's shared belief in its conjoint capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to produce given levels of attainments" (Bandura, 1997, p. 477). Teacher's perceptions of school environments and school leadership were explored relative to collective efficacy. Bandura (1997) has suggested that each of these factors (school environments, school leadership, and collective efficacy) may have a positive impact upon the educational process, yet empirical relationships among the three factors are not evidenced in the literature. This study was conducted with K-12 elementary school teachers at 17 school sites, utilizing three instruments measuring each factor: collective efficacy, leadership, and school environment. Instruments were disseminated electronically. A significant relationship was found among the factors in combined analysis, although multiple regression analysis of independent influence was significant only with environment in relationship to collective efficacy.
Identifier: WFE0000505 (IID), uwf:61263 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-06-01
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Department of Education
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