Capstone/Dissertation Title

How a teacher’s personality traits and organization affect self-efficacy for the teaching profession

Term

Summer 6-14-2016

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Susan Manikowski

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Rebecca Trammell

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Sara Vine

Abstract

The research question addressed in this capstone was, how does a teacher’s personality traits and organization affect self-efficacy for the teaching profession? This paper addresses the many ways teachers organize their classrooms and execute effective lessons and procedures with their students. It also addresses the many ways personality traits can affect teachers’ methods and relationships with students. The author of this capstone evaluated 10 teachers’ personalities using a free online personality test and distributed a survey in which teachers reflected on their craft and self-efficacy. The findings showed that there are no specific personality traits that are most effective for all teachers to exhibit. In addition, the author of this capstone also found that a teacher’s organizational skills can help to create a more effective classroom but do not automatically create a more effective teacher.

Research Methodology

Action Research, Focus Group, Interview, Survey

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