Variability in Student-Specific Teacher Self-Efficacy for Diverse Students

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand importance of teacher self-efficacy for various teacher and student outcomes.
  2. describe factors that lead to varying levels of teacher self-efficacy.
  3. examine how student–teacher relationships and students’ demographic characteristics relate to teacher self-efficacy.
  4. identify ways that school psychologists can intervene to support teachers in improving their self-efficacy and relationships with diverse students.


Teacher self-efficacy (TSE) refers to teachers’ competence in their abilities to produce desirable student outcomes. TSE is important because it relates to teacher job satisfaction and student academic outcomes. The purpose of this presentation is to describe what factors lead to varying levels of TSE. Specifically, we examine how student–teacher relationships and students’ characteristics relate to TSE. Additionally, we identify avenues for future research and provide recommendations for school psychologists to intervene.



Christina N. Wood, Lehigh University


Patricia H. Manz, Brook Sawyer

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