How Efficacious are They? A Study of Malaysian Novice Vocational Teachers Sense of Efficacy
Ab Rahim Bakar, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia ; Shamsiah Mohamed, Noor Syamilah Zakaria, UPM, Malaysia
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The purpose of this investigation was to determine, by way of Teacher Self-Efficacy Scale (TSES), Malaysian vocational novice teachers’ sense of efficacy in terms of student engagement, instructional strategies, and classroom management. The participants of the study were 95 vocational teachers with no more than three years of experience. Findings indicated that the majority of the respondents had a high level of perceived efficacy (M=3.84, SD. = 0.44). They were highly efficacious in terms of student engagement (M= 3.76, S.D: 0.74), instructional strategies (M= 3.92, S.D: 0. 44), classroom management (M= 3.85, S.D: 0. 59). Novice teachers’ attitude toward teaching profession was moderate (M= 3.38, S.D: 0.26). The finding indicates a significant correlation between teaching efficacy and teachers’ attitudes (r=.319, p<.05). A significant correlation was also found between age and efficacy (r=0.35, p=.001). No significant correlation was found between gender and efficacy (rpb= -.165, p=0.11) and decision to choose teaching as profession (r=.088, p=0.47).
Bakar, A.R., Mohamed, S. & Zakaria, N.S. (2013). How Efficacious are They? A Study of Malaysian Novice Vocational Teachers Sense of Efficacy. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1234-1238). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).