Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Relationship of Teacher Attitudes and Self-Efficacy to Student Achievement: A Case Study
by Axon, Jonie Leigh, Ed.D., Piedmont College, 2012, 138; 3557877
Abstract (Summary)

The dramatic shift of the demographics of the United States over the past thirty years is more pronounced in public schools than anywhere else in the country (Phuntsog, 1999). As the demographics of students grew, so did the disparity of achievement between diverse and White students. The achievement gap is one of the biggest problems within education (Dee, 2005). Due to the increasing achievement gap and growing diversity, teachers and schools are forced with the challenge of making instruction culturally relevant and responsive for all students (Brown, 2009).

The purpose of this research was to conduct a mixed method, naturalistic inquiry that examined teachers’ abilities to work with diverse populations and educate all students in a rural high school in Northeast Georgia. The relationship between the participating teachers’ level of multicultural training and teacher self-efficacy was compared, as was their impact on student achievement on the End of Course Tests.

The quantitative aspect of the study, conducted using surveys and archival test data, found a correlation between teachers’ levels of multicultural awareness and self-efficacy, but failed to find a correlation between self-efficacy and student achievement on the EOCT. The qualitative portion, conducted using interviews and an open-ended survey question, discovered the participating school was emerging in readiness to deal with diverse students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Palmour, Julie R.
Commitee: Cole, David, Shirley, J. Michael, Wisenbaker, Joseph
School: Piedmont College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Georgia
Source: DAI-A 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements, Multicultural Education, Secondary education, Social structure
Keywords: Achievement, Cultural awareness, Diversity, EOCT, Efficacy, Multiculturalism
Publication Number: 3557877
ISBN: 978-1-303-01774-2
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