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THEY ARE TRAINED TO TEACH, BUT HOW CONFIDENT ARE THEY? A STUDY OF STUDENT TEACHERS’ SENSE OF EFFICACY

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Author(s): A. R. Bakar | S. Mohamed | N. S. Zakaria

Journal: Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN 1549-3652

Volume: 8;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 497;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Student Teachers | Teacher Sense of Efficacy | Malaysian Student Teachers

ABSTRACT
The objective of the study was to assess student teachers’ efficacy in one of the teacher training institutions in Malaysia, with specific reference to the aspects of student engagement, instructional strategies and classroom management. The sample size was 675 final-year teacher education students. The findings suggest that a majority of the respondents had a high level of teaching efficacy (M = 3.98; SD = 0.36). They were also highly efficacious in student engagement (M = 4.01; SD = 0. 41), instructional strategies (M = 4.01; SD = 0. 39) and classroom management (M = 4.00; SD = 0.45). A significant correlation was found between teaching efficacy and academic achievement C (r = 0.15, p
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