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The Effect of Early Childhood Teachers’ Empowerment on Teacher Efficacy and Organizational Commitment

  • Global Creative Leader: Education & Learning
  • Abbr : GCL
  • 2018, 8(2), pp.39-50
  • DOI : 10.34226/gcl.2018.8.2.39
  • Publisher : Research Institute for Gifted & Talented Education, Soongsil University
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education
  • Published : June 30, 2018

Sook-hyang Lee 1 Kyung Hwa Lee 2

1soongsil university
2숭실대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of early childhood teachers' empowerment on teacher efficacy and organizational commitment, and to ascertain whether there is a difference in teacher efficacy and organizational commitment according to the level of empowerment of early childhood teachers. The subjects of this study were 204 teachers working in day care centers in Seoul. The collected data was subjected to simple regression analysis to examine the effects of the early childhood teachers’ empowerment on teacher efficacy and organizational commitment. In order to identify the differences of teacher efficacy and organizational commitment according to the level of empowerment of early childhood teachers, the level of empowerment was divided between upper and lower groups with a standard deviation (SD) according to the mean (M), and an independent sample t-test was performed afterwards. The results and conclusions of this study are as follows: early childhood teachers' empowerment was found to affect teacher efficacy and organizational commitment; and in the difference of teacher efficacy and organizational commitment according to the level of empowerment of early childhood teachers, teacher efficacy and organizational commitment were found to be statistically higher when the level of empowerment of early childhood teachers was 'high'. Therefore, it is important to recognize the importance of early childhood teachers' empowerment, and it is expected that childcare, quality education services and the internal motivation of early childhood teachers will be enhanced through the empowerment of early childhood teachers.

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