Source: Teaching Education, Volume 21, Issue 2 (June 2010), pages 199 – 210.
This study examined pre-service teachers' efficacy in relation to the utilisation of microteaching as an assessment tool for postgraduate education students in Australia.
Three hundred and fifteen pre-service teachers completed the teacher efficacy survey and additional qualitative questions at Time 1 and 208 completed the survey and questions at Time 2.
A principal components analysis conducted on the Time 1 survey data revealed teacher efficacy to be comprised of two components: 'teacher efficacy in classroom management' and 'personal teacher efficacy'. Repeated measures ANOVAs conducted on the 208 participants who completed the survey at Time 1 and 2 revealed that efficacy on both components increased significantly over time, and that internet students had higher efficacy levels than internal students.
The qualitative data revealed that pre-service teachers enter teaching in order to positively impact on children, yet are concerned about behaviour management in the classroom.
In addition, this data highlighted the positive impact that microteaching had on their developing teacher identity.