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The role of teachers’ self-efficacy between trust and organisational citizenship behaviour among secondary school teachers

Yuen Onn Choong (Department of Business, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia)
Lee Peng Ng (Department of Business, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia)
Seow Ai Na (Department of Business, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kampar, Malaysia)
Chun Eng Tan (Department of Economics and Corporate Administration, Faculty of Accountancy, Finance and Business, Universiti College Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 5 December 2019

Issue publication date: 23 March 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of teachers’ perception on trust over their willingness to exercise organisational citizenship behaviours (OCB) using self-efficacy as a mediator.

Design/methodology/approach

Usable questionnaires were collected from 411 teachers in secondary schools. A two-stage analytic approach was used to analyse the data.

Findings

The results indicated that trust and teachers’ self-efficacy dimensions (general teaching and personal teaching) are positively related to OCB. Additionally, trust in the principal, colleagues and clients are predicted to have indirect influence on OCB through self-efficacy.

Practical implications

Teachers’ personal sense of efficacy is largely dependent on the amount of efforts devoted in their teaching, their decision-making ability and the degree of persistency in solving problematic issues. School management and policy makers are urged to develop effective human resources initiatives and programmes that can create a trusting relationship in the organisation and enhance teachers’ self-efficacy. These may include the socialisation programmes that can inculcate teachers’ inner natures, confidence and interpersonal skills when directed towards perceived abilities in given specific tasks and responsibilities to make a significant impact on OCB. Apart from this, the school administrator is advised to offer relevant training and workshops that able to enhance the efficacy level of teachers.

Originality/value

This study explored how teachers’ self-efficacy was related to trust and OCB. Teachers’ positive behaviours enable them to have greater belief in their capability of handling pressures and crises. The study contributes to the current body of literature and creates a comprehensive theoretical framework for teachers to be involved in OCB. Besides, these unique findings served as a reference to management of any school to better understand the importance of trust in the school and how it relates to teacher self-efficacy, which, in turn nurture the citizenship behaviour in workplace.

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Citation

Choong, Y.O., Ng, L.P., Ai Na, S. and Tan, C.E. (2020), "The role of teachers’ self-efficacy between trust and organisational citizenship behaviour among secondary school teachers", Personnel Review, Vol. 49 No. 3, pp. 864-886. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-10-2018-0434

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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