Title

On the Measurement of Preservice Teacher Commitment: Examining the Relationship Between Four Operational Definitions and Self-Efficacy Beliefs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2017

Department

Educational Research and Administration

Abstract

Using a sample of 287 preservice teachers from a large Midwestern university in the United States, this study examined the predictive relationships between four unique measures of commitment and a commonly used measure of teacher self-efficacy, as frequently employed in teacher commitment research. Differential response patterns and predictive relationships were examined with multiple-group structural equation models to compare results of decisions about instrumentation. Results suggest that while there were no differential response patterns to the instruments, the predictive relationships significantly differed as a function of group identification. Suggestions for measuring and interpreting the relationships shared with commitment are further discussed.

Publication Title

Teaching and Teacher Education

Volume

68

First Page

170

Last Page

180

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