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Title: Teacher Efficacy, Work Engagement, and Social Support Among Chinese Special Education School Teachers
Authors: Minghui, Lu
Lei, Hao
Xiaomeng, Chen
Potměšil, Miloň
Keywords: Chinese special education school teachers; teacher efficacy; social support; work engagement
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Frontiers in Psychology, Vol. (2018), Art. No. 648
Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between teacher efficacy and sociodemographic factors, work engagement, and social support among Chinese special education school teachers. The sample comprised 1,027 special education school teachers in mainland China. The Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy Scale, the Multi-Dimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, and the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale were used for data collection. Correlation analysis revealed that social support, work engagement, and teacher efficacy were significantly correlated with each other. Additionally, gender, years of experience, and monthly salary were significant predictors of teacher efficacy. Furthermore, structural equation modeling analysis showed that social support exerted its indirect effect on teacher efficacy through the mediation of work engagement. The findings of this study provide a new perspective on the complex association between social support and teacher efficacy. The explanations and limitations of these findings are discussed.
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00648
ISSN: 1664-1078
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