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BZUNECK, José Aloyseo  and  GUIMARAES, Sueli Édi Rufini. Teachers’ efficacy beliefs: Woolfolk & Hoy’s scale validation. PsicoUSF [online]. 2003, vol.8, n.2, pp. 137-143. ISSN 1413-8271.

Teachers’ efficacy beliefs relate to the judgement of their capabilities to bring about desired outcomes in classroom. Research evidence has consistently shown that teachers’ efficacy relate to students’ achievement, motivation, and efficacy beliefs. Moreover, it influences teachers’ level of aspiration, effort in teaching, and behavior in classroom regarding tasks planning and organization. Among several instruments created to measure teachers’ efficacy beliefs Woolfolk & Hoy’s scale contained 20 Lykerttype items that assess two distinct variables: personal efficacy and teaching efficacy. Present study aimed to assess psychometric proprieties of that scale’s translation into portuguese and applied in a large Brazilian sample. Exploratory two-factor analysis, betweenscales correlation and internal consistency indexes indicate instrument’s validity and reliability. Nevertheless, meaning of these results and implications for future research were discussed, and new paths for advanced studies on efficacy assessment were proposed.

Keywords : Teachers efficacy; Assessment of teachers efficacy beliefs; Scale validation.

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