Mark WYATT is based at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, but also has ties to the UK, continuing to supervise PhD students at the University of Portsmouth and serving as external examiner for MA TESOL-related courses at the University of Leeds. Mark has served on the IATEFL Research SIG committee since 2014, moderating the discussion board, co-editing ELT Research, co-organizing conferences and co-editing volumes of research that have emerged from the IATEFL ReSIG-supported conferences in Turkey. Mark’s PhD research (University of Leeds, 2008) was focused on language teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs, and he has continued to research in this area. Articles he has authored on this topic have appeared in System, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, International Journal of Research and Method in Education, Australian Journal of Teacher Education and Educational Review. He has also recently contributed a chapter on this topic to a volume on language teacher psychology, while ‘Language teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs: A review of the literature (2005-2016)’ is forthcoming.
Workshop: Researching language teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs
If language teachers lack self-confidence in performing specific classroom tasks that might affect valued learning outcomes, then there can be consequences, both in terms of teachers’ psychological well-being and in the quality of classroom learning experienced by their students. In teacher education, it is therefore important to consider language teachers’ self-efficacy (LTSE) beliefs, which relate to teachers’ levels of self-confidence in carrying out specific classroom tasks, such as facilitating group work, or explaining grammar. LTSE beliefs are fluid and dynamic, and this workshop focuses on how teacher educator-researchers and teachers working together can explore these beliefs and support their healthy growth. Issues of research design, as well as pedagogical matters, are discussed. Reference is made to cutting edge studies conducted in various contexts, including Turkey (the European capital of LTSE beliefs research).