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Applicability of the Teachers' Sense of Efficacy Scale to educators teaching innovative programs

Nikolaos Tsigilis (Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece)
Vasilios Grammatikopoulos (Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece)
Athanasios Koustelios (Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 25 September 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the present study is to examine the applicability of the Teachers' Sense of Efficacy Scale (TSES, Tschannen‐Moran and Woolfolk‐Hoy) to educators teaching an innovative program, namely, the Olympic Education Program. TSES applicability was inferred from examination of the TSES factor structure, its internal consistency and its logical, theoretical consistent pattern of relations between TSES and other measures.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 175 educators completed a Greek version of the TSES along with the reduced personal accomplishment subscale of the Maslach Burnout Inventory.

Findings

Exploratory factor analysis showed that TSES can be applied to educators of an innovative educational program to study an overall factor of teachers' sense of competence. Mean values suggested that educators had strong efficacy beliefs. In addition, TSES responses were negatively associated with reduced personal accomplishment scores (r=−0.37).

Research limitations/implications

Self‐reported strong sense of efficacy may not be well‐grounded or authentic, since a variety of factors (e.g. social desirability) may have influenced educators' responses.

Originality/value

The present study extends the existing evidence of the applicability of the TSES in a cultural context different from that for which it was originally developed, namely, in the Greek educational setting, for assessing educators teaching an innovative educational program.

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Citation

Tsigilis, N., Grammatikopoulos, V. and Koustelios, A. (2007), "Applicability of the Teachers' Sense of Efficacy Scale to educators teaching innovative programs", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 21 No. 7, pp. 634-642. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513540710822229

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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