Study in Texas shows ‘collective efficacy’ has big impact
By: Jeff Grabmeier
Published on November 1, 2017
This article mainly focuses on a study from Ohio State University that highlights the importance of “collective efficacy,” or the belief – held by teachers – that they can truly make a difference in their students’ educational experience. Teachers’ sense of empowerment to help their students succeed has a direct effect on closing the racial achievement gap. Roger Goddard, the lead author of the study and professor of educational administration at The Ohio State University previously studied the impact of social capital in creating a successful school system. Social capital is part of the key to a successful school. Teachers must first be empowered and then connections between relevant parties can help close the racial achievement gap.