Student Teacher Self-Efficacy with Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners in Low SES Practica

This project aimed to develop a scale to measure the self-efficacy of student teachers in the context of practicum placements in low socioeconomic schools with culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and to identify the factors which impact on this. An initial scale was developed, and refined as a result of collaborative discussion with relevant expert groups including a Maori and Pasifika reference group. The scale was then piloted with student teachers in the Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (early childhood, primary and secondary divisions) at three times related to their practicum placements over the year of their study.

After analysis of the resulting data, the scale was then further refined, and is now being used as a tool for student teachers' self-evaluation in the new Master of Teaching and Learning programme.