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Teacher confidence and teacher education

Nolan, Andrea and Mekonnen, Tebeje 2016, Teacher confidence and teacher education, Teaching and teacher education, vol. 62, pp. 10-18, doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2016.11.004.

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Title Teacher confidence and teacher education
Author(s) Nolan, Andrea
Mekonnen, Tebeje
Journal name Teaching and teacher education
Volume number 62
Start page 10
End page 18
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam ,The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-11-27
ISSN 0742-051X
Keyword(s) Professional capital
Professional knowledge
Professional learning communities
Professional agency
Teacher confidence
Mentoring
Summary This paper illustrates the role of professional learning in building teacher confidence, and explicates how confidence relates to professional capital. It reports on data from the Victorian State-wide Professional Mentoring Program for Early Childhood Teachers (2011–2014), and focuses on the experiences of both new to the profession and professionally isolated early childhood teachers and their more experienced early childhood teacher mentors who participated in this purposely designed program. The findings show that participants' gains in confidence are aligned with expansions in professional capital encompassing the acquisition of knowledge and skills (human capital), participation in networks of collaborative learning communities (social capital), and the ability to exercise professional agency (decisional capital). We conclude that teacher confidence is a function – and a constitutive feature – of teacher professional capital, and that professional learning through mentoring is one way of building this vital professional attribute. Theoretical insights and empirical evidence on this intricate interconnection have strong implications for policy and practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.tate.2016.11.004
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30089406

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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