The novice literacy coach: exploring motivation and persistence in the face of challenge

Larsen, Ellen and Allen, Jeanne (2014) The novice literacy coach: exploring motivation and persistence in the face of challenge. In: Annual International Australian Association for Research in Education National Conference 2014 (AARE 2014), 1-5 Nov 2014, Brisbane, Australia.

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Literacy coaching is complex and demanding. Charged with the responsibility of building teacher capacity, literacy coaches must not only have a sound understanding of the content of their coaching area, but must also work effectively within the domain of adult learning. Thus, for the novice literacy coach, the coaching role and context presents a range of challenges. Framed within attribution theory (Weiner, 1985, 1986), this paper draws upon an exploratory study exploring the challenges experienced by novice literacy coaches as they begin their coaching work. Through the administration of an online reflective questionnaire and online focus group
interview, a sample of novice literacy coaches working within independent schools across Queensland reported on the challenges they faced, their challenges and perceptions. This study found that while attribution theory proposes that particular attributions to problems
faced may negatively impact self-efficacy, motivation and perseverance, some participating coaches were still able to maintain their self-efficacy and motivation despite these negative attributions. It is proposed that growth
mindset, proactive professional learning and high task value may act as moderating influences on the dysfunctional effects of negative attributions.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 04:52
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 05:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy coaching
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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