Create A Vibrant Learning Culture

By Learning Forward
December 2017
When teachers share the belief that, together, they can positively influence student learning over and above other factors and make an educational difference in the lives of students, they actually do. Collective efficacy refers to the shared perceptions of educators that, through their combined efforts, they can “organize and execute the courses of action required to have a positive effect on students” (Goddard, Hoy, & Hoy, 2004, p. 4). Tschannen-Moran and Barr (2004) expand on this definition, describing collective efficacy as the “collective self-perception that teachers in a given school make an educational difference to their students over and above the educational impact of their homes and communities” (p. 190). In fact, collective efficacy is what matters most in improving student learning, topping Hattie’s (2016)

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Jenni Donohoo and Steven Katz

Jenni Donohoo ( is provincial literacy lead in the Curriculum, Assessment Policy, and Student Success Branch in the Ontario Ministry of Education. Steven Katz ( is associate professor, teaching stream, in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.


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