Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Marie Simonsson

Second Advisor

Dr. Ralph Carlson

Third Advisor

Dr. Miguel De Los Santos


This quantitative study examined the relationship between teachers’ sense of efficacy and school organizational health. Teachers’ sense of efficacy was measured using three dimensions of teacher efficacy: efficacy in student engagement, efficacy in instructional strategies, and efficacy in classroom management. Organizational health was measured using dimensions of school health for elementary, middle, and high school including: academic emphasis, institutional integrity, collegial leadership, resource influence, teacher affiliation, morale, principal influence, resource support, consideration, and initiating structure. The sample consisted of 498 beginning Hispanic teachers with one to five years of teaching experience. The sample included, 255 elementary, 126 middle school, and 117 high school teachers from one school district with a student population that was 99% Hispanic and 96% economically disadvantaged. Regression analyses were used to examine relationships among variables. The study found that the organizational health of elementary, middle, and high schools predicted teachers’ sense of efficacy. Specifically, beginning Hispanic teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools felt efficacious in schools with a strong academic emphasis defined by a quest for academic excellence with high, but achievable academic goals.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American