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The impact of support on growth in teacher-efficacy: a cross-cultural study
Lund Univ, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Univ Quebec Montreal, Canada.
McGill Univ, Canada.
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Educational Management, ISSN 0951-354X, E-ISSN 1758-6518, Vol. 33, no 4, p. 753-767Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose Perceived support from co-workers and managers is important for many organizational outcomes. However, the benefit of competence support from colleagues and school management on personal teacher efficacy has not been investigated. The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to investigate the impact of competence support from colleagues and the school management on growth in teacher efficacy and second, to investigate cultural differences (Canada and Sweden). Design/methodology/approach The authors administered an inventory measuring support for competence and personal teacher efficacy to over 400 teachers in Canada and Sweden at 27 schools, at two times. Time 1 took place at the first week of a fall semester and Time 2 at the end of the same semester. Findings Structural equation modeling revealed that competence support from colleagues predicted growth in teacher efficacy, whereas competence support from school management did not. No differences in these relations emerged between Canadian and Swedish teachers. Practical implications - The findings have implications for how schools organize teachers in teacher teams so that competence support from co-workers is promoted. Originality/value This study is the first cross-cultural study to empirically show that teachers self-efficacy is significantly benefitted by competence support from their teacher peers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD , 2019. Vol. 33, no 4, p. 753-767
Keywords [en]
Teachers; Cross-cultural study; Co-worker support; Competence support; Teacher efficacy; School management support
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-157530DOI: 10.1108/IJEM-08-2017-0195ISI: 000465040900017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-157530DiVA, id: diva2:1328781
Available from: 2019-06-23 Created: 2019-06-23 Last updated: 2019-06-23

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