The Reading Professor

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Teaching efficacy is an important variable related to teaching behaviors, student achievement, and teachers' psychological behaviors; therefore, strategies to build teaching efficacy during preservice teacher preparation should be implemented. Team-based learning (TBL) has been used across a variety of disciplines in higher education, but it hasn't been explored in the preparation of elementary literacy teachers or in relation to teaching efficacy. In this study, TBL was implemented in an undergraduate reading methods course for one semester. A comparison group was used from the same course during a different semester using a traditional lecture approach. Participants' sense of efficacy for literacy instruction scores served as pretest and posttest scores. Although the efficacy scores for both groups increased, results indicated no statistically significant difference between the groups' posttest scores.