Title

Supporting the Students Most In Need: Academic Self-Efficacy and Perceived Teacher Support in Relation to Within-Year Academic Growth

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2011

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Academic self-efficacy and perceived teacher support in relation to academic skill growth across one academic year were examined in the study. Participants included 193 5th-grade students. Teachers collected curriculum-based measures (CBM) of reading and math on three occasions as part of routine academic benchmarks, and researchers collected student-reported measures of academic self-efficacy and perceived teacher support in the spring of the same academic year. Results indicated that academic self-efficacy was positively related to fall reading and math CBM scores and that perceived teacher support was unrelated to fall scores or growth across the academic year. Academic self-efficacy and perceived teacher support interacted in relation to math CBM growth such that low levels of perceived teacher support were related to greater growth, particularly for students with high academic self-efficacy. Follow-up analyses indicated that students with the lowest fall CBM scores and smallest growth rates reported higher levels of perceived teacher support, suggesting that teachers support the students most in need. (C) 2011 Society for the Study of School Psychology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Journal of School Psychology

Volume

49

Issue

3

First Page

323

Last Page

338