The Relationship Between Teaching Efficacy And Personality Type Of Cooperating Teachers


  • T. Grady Roberts Texas A&M University
  • Julie F. Harlin Texas A&M University
  • Gary E. Briers Texas A&M University



The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship exists between teaching efficacy and personality type of agricultural science cooperating teachers. The target population was agricultural science teachers who served as cooperating teachers. A convenience sample of those teachers who attended an optional cooperating teacher meeting atTexasA&MUniversity was used in this study (n = 41). Teaching efficacy was determined using the Teacher's Sense of Efficacy instrument and personality type was assessed using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Participants exhibited "Quite a Bit" of efficacy in student engagement, instructional strategies, and classroom management. Accordingly, they also exhibited "Quite a Bit" of overall teaching efficacy. Teachers were equally divided between extroversion (E) and introversion (I), mostly sensing (S), equally divided between thinking (T) and feeling (F), and more judging (J). The most prevalent personality type was ISTJ, followed by ESTJ, ENFJ, and ESFJ. Extroversion was substantially related to overall teaching efficacy and, consequently, to all three subscales (student engagement, instructional strategies, and classroom management). Additionally, judging (J) was positively related to efficacy in classroom management and sensing (S) was negatively related to efficacy in student engagement. Based on the findings, recommendations and implications were given.


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Roberts, T. G., Harlin, J. F., & Briers, G. E. (2007). The Relationship Between Teaching Efficacy And Personality Type Of Cooperating Teachers. Journal of Agricultural Education, 48(4), 55–66.




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