Title

Effect of Licensure Exams on Pre-Service Teacher Self-Efficacy

Date of Award

4-28-2016

Degree Type

Archival Copy

First Advisor

May Hara

Abstract

Does the success of failure of pre-service teachers on required licensure exams increase or decrease their level of self-efficacy, and will the student teaching experience further affect levels of self-efficacy? ~~~ Heightened Expectations: The Coming-of-Age of Young Adult Literature-to-Film Translations By: Brianna Ouellette This paper is an exploration of young adult literature to film translations, which focus extensively on bringing to visual and auditory life the characters and worlds of beloved novels. These translations often come with an audience with high expectations, which present complex challenges to filmmakers. Due to this, filmmakers are tasked with both creating a successful film and a film that satisfies these devoted readers. This comes through the visual depiction of the thematic opposition at the heart of a young adult novel. After discovering this, filmmakers have the freedom to explore and expand on the source narrative. While there are these expectations to contend with, filmmakers have a level of liberty in their execution of the mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound when making these cinematic films. These choices not only add an organizational principal for translations but also a sense of justification to the film’s content and reason for narrative choices. This paper focuses on four films and oppositions: good and evil in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; autonomy against oppression in The Hunger Games; private versus public spheres in The Perks of Being a Wallflower; life and death in The Fault in Our Stars. ~~~ Effect of Licensure Exams on Pre-Service Teacher Self-Efficacy By: Lucy Pendergast Does the success of failure of pre-service teachers on required licensure exams increase or decrease their level of self-efficacy, and will the student teaching experience further affect levels of self-efficacy? Over the past few decades the education community has seen an increased focus on testing, both for students and educators. Policies such as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the implementation of new testing procedures including the PARCC tests have accompanied this focus. In addition the focus on students testing there has also been a focus on licensure exams and their role in teacher preparation. The findings from this study showed that failure on licensure exams has a negative affect on the self-efficacy of pre-service teachers. Experience in the classroom can alter and improve levels of self-efficacy. With a teacher shortage looming it is essential that this be examined assure that quality teachers are not lost due to the decrease in self-efficacy caused by testing failure.

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