Teachers’ agency: Do their values make a difference?

Linor L. Hadar*, Maya Benish-Weisman

*Corresponding author for this work

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This research explored antecedents and outcomes of teachers’ agency. Study 1 (n = 767) tested whether teachers’ values relate to an agentic capacity. Study 2 (n = 430) tested the relations between teachers’ values, their agentic capacity and their agentic behaviours. The findings show that attributing importance to promoting the self and being open to new experiences, whilst maintaining self-independence, is positively related to agentic capacity. Further, agentic capacity mediates the relations between values and agentic behaviour. These findings start to explain the broad motivations for teachers’ agency and its translation into behaviour.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)137-160
Number of pages24
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • agentic behaviours
  • agentic capacity
  • teacher agency
  • teacher values


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