Education Faculty Member Receives Dissertation Award
February 16, 2010
Professor is honored for creating a tool to measure self-efficacy of online instructors.
A Texas Tech University educator has received Recognition of Merit in the 2009-2010
PDK (Phi Delta Kappa) International Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award program.
Kevin Gosselin, an adjunct professor of biostatistics at Texas Tech and at the University
of Texas, received the award for his doctoral dissertation, “Development and Psychometric
Exploration of the Online Teaching Self-Efficacy Inventory.” His dissertation involved
researching factors to include in the Online Teaching Self-Efficacy Inventory, creating
it and administering it. The inventory measures online teachers’ perceptions of their
effectiveness as teachers.
“PDK received more than 40 outstanding entries this year, but Dr. Gosselin’s research
stood out to the review committee,” said William Bushaw, PDK International’s executive
director. “Research such as this is important because it continues to advance the
field of education.”
PDK International is a global association of education professionals. The PDK Outstanding
Doctoral Dissertation Award is given to the applicant whose dissertation best meets
the criteria of sound scholarship and shows the most promise for improving education.
“The ongoing aim of this research is to continue to promote effective research-based
instructional practices in online education, and I look forward to publishing the
results of this study in the near future,” Gosselin said.
Research has established that there is a close connection between teachers’ self-efficacy
and their commitment to teaching, their adoption of innovations and their use of effective
People with a high sense of self-efficacy tend to set higher goals, be less afraid
of failure and persist longer when encountering difficulties. Conversely, people with
low self-efficacy may avoid tasks or give up when they encounter obstacles.
Despite this, before Gosselin’s research, there was no instrument available to evaluate
the self-efficacy of online teachers. The Online Teaching Self-Efficacy Inventory
is a new, multidimensional measure of online teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs.
An announcement of Gosselin’s award will be published in the May 2010 issue of Phi Delta Kappan, the nation’s leading journal on education policy and practice.
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