Education Professor Receives International Recognition

Kevin Gosselin's dissertation was singled out as important to the advancement of the field of education.

Gosselin’s research established the close connection between teachers’ self-efficacy and their commitment to teaching, their adoption of innovations and use of effective classroom strategies.

Gosselin’s research established the close connection between teachers’ self-efficacy and their commitment to teaching, their adoption of innovations and use of effective classroom strategies.

An educator has received a Recognition of Merit in the 2009-2010 Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) 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.” The inventory measures online teachers’ perceptions of their effectiveness as teachers. Read his dissertation here.

“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. It is one of the largest education associations, with more than 35,000 members, including teachers, principals, superintendents, and higher education faculty and administrators. 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 classroom strategies.

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.

College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.

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