The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between gender, optimism and perceived teaching performance amongst novice ESOL teachers. Graduates from two hybrid TESOL programs (N=47) were sampled and surveyed. Optimism significantly predicted perceived teaching performance, t(43)= 3.17, p=.003, and there was marginal association between gender and perceived teaching performance, t(43)= -1.92, p=.06. Further analyses indicated that the mean ratings of teaching performance were significantly different between men and women F(1,45)= 5.12, p=.03. In sum, our results suggest that gender and optimism are factors in perceptions of teacher efficacy amongst novice ESOL teachers.
Conkey, Elizabeth, Natalie Nibler, and DeAnna Sturm. "Optimism and Performance of Novice ESOL Teachers." Poster presented at the Academic Excellence Showcase, Western Oregon University, May 31, 2012.
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