Seminar 1: Collective teacher efficacy, teacher well-being and social cohesion – an exploratory study in learning strategies instruction

Date: 8 October  - Add to calendar
Time: 3:15 - 4:15pm

Academic: Simone Smala, Robyn Gillies, Kate McLay, and Huong Nguyen
Discussant: Anna Hogan

Our study explores language teachers’ experiences with professional development for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) settings and their emerging sense of collective teacher efficacy (CTE). CTE is associated with a number of productive behaviours including implementation of school improvement strategies, increased teacher leadership, communication of high expectations, and a strong focus on academic pursuits (Donohoo, 2018). A survey was sent to 100+ language teachers from Queensland who participated in professional development activities with Dr. Simone Smala at UQ in 2018 and 2019. The purpose of this scoping study was to gain a better understanding of in-service teachers shared sense of efficacy and use of learning strategies and learning strategy instruction. Focusing on teachers’ understanding and experience with learning strategies instruction, this study hopes to understand how CTE is enabled by, and interacts with social cohesion factors, and if and how a sense of belonging supports teachers’ work and well-being.