Situating Pre-service Reading Teachers as Tutors: Implications of Teacher Self-efficacy on Tutoring Elementary Students

Aug. 20, 2009

Source: Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, Volume 17, Issue 3 August 2009 , pages 251 – 261.

This study examined the impact of high teacher efficacy on tutoring elementary students in reading.

The Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale (TSES) was adapted to create a reading-specific teacher efficacy scale, which is referred to as the RTSES. This scale was used to investigate whether tutors with high efficacy used more reading strategies while teaching elementary students to read.

The research also examined whether high efficacy was correlated with reading strategy use.

Analyses of pre-test and post-test data showed that reading efficacy and strategy use were not correlated. Furthermore, the results showed that tutors with high efficacy scores did not use a significantly higher number of reading strategies while tutoring than those with low efficacy scores.

The findings suggest that pre-service teachers' efficacy did not affect their reading strategy use while tutoring elementary students. There is a need for more research to further investigate the impact that high efficacy has on tutoring.

Updated: Dec. 07, 2009