Author ORCID Identifier
Year of Publication
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Educational Policy Studies and Eval
Dr. Jane Jensen
This study examines teachers’ sense of personal and collective efficacy in two similar schools in Appalachian communities that achieved different results regarding students’ accountability test scores. Prior work in teacher efficacy, which is predominantly quantitative, is extended by the addition of teacher interviews that explore how teachers define the problems they face regarding student performance and how they work individually and collectively on strategies to support students’ success. The findings support that teachers with higher levels of efficacy in their work are associated with higher levels of student success. Further, the study offers insights into how teachers perceive problems and solve the problems at the two schools. Several questions emerge concerning how differences between the schools may be associated with more innovative problem-solving such as involving students in planning their futures, fostering collaboration among faculty to support students, and establishing a professional learning community to meet students’ needs.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Blevins, Justin Aaron, "THE EXPLORATION OF TEACHER EFFICACY AND INFLUENCES OF CONTEXT AT TWO RURAL APPALACHIAN HIGH SCHOOLS" (2017). Theses and Dissertations--Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. 55.