Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name



Child, Family and School Psychology

First Advisor

Gloria Miller, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Antonio Olmos-Gallo

Third Advisor

Cynthia Hazel

Fourth Advisor

Julie Laser


Early career teachers, Family-school partnering, Self-efficacy, Teacher preparation


Partnering effectively with families is an important skill for teachers to have to support student achievement, and one that is especially important for early career teachers in order to protect them from burnout and attrition. However, research has demonstrated that teachers do not feel prepared to work with families, and further research is needed to see what difficulties are specific to early career teachers. The following research questions were addressed in the study: 1) What current situation and prior training factors affect early career teachers’ perceptions of efficacy in working with families? 2) Which family-school partnering topics do teachers report the most experience in their prior preparation programs and in their current daily practice? 3) Is there a relationship between number of years reported teaching and overall efficacy scores? 4) What family-school partnering training do early career teachers believe would have been or would be beneficial to receive in their teacher preparation programs versus during their first five years of practice?

A survey was created which included a pre-existing self-efficacy scale adapted to reflect family partnering language. This survey was disseminated to 76 first through fifth year Colorado teachers. Results indicate that age of current school placement had a significant effect on overall self-efficacy scale scores, while several other variables had an effect on subscales of the efficacy scale. Recommendations are presented for future research, teacher preparation programs, and school district mentoring.

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Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Kirsten Denisemarie Hermanutz

File size

148 p.

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Educational Psychology