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Teachers' professional learning : researching the influence of collective leadership practices and the mediating role of teacher self-efficacy

Merwe, C.H. van de (2016) Teachers' professional learning : researching the influence of collective leadership practices and the mediating role of teacher self-efficacy.

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Abstract:Purpose: In order to reach the new educational goals, professional learning of teachers is becoming more important. This study examines the extent to which collective leadership practices affect professional learning of teachers, as mediated by teacher self-efficacy. More specifically, how teachers’ participation in the learning activities keeping up-to-date, experimenting and reflection and information sharing and asking for feedback is influenced by teacher self-efficacy and the leadership practices setting directions, developing people, redesigning the organization and improving the instructional program. Research design: The data was collected by use of a survey and in total, 127 teachers of ten elementary schools in the Netherlands participated in the research. Findings: Results showed that collective leadership practices affected teachers’ engagement in the social learning activity information sharing and asking for feedback. Furthermore, the leadership practices positively influenced teacher self-efficacy. Teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs positively influenced the individual and social learning activities. Finally, teacher self-efficacy partly mediated the effect of collective leadership practices on information sharing and asking for feedback. Conclusion: Leadership practices can enhance teacher self-efficacy and stimulate teachers’ engagement in social learning activities. Teacher self-efficacy is a mediating variable in the influence of leadership practices on social learning.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69742
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