Investigating the Relationship between Attitude towards Professional Development, Reflective Teaching, Self-Efficacy, and Job Performance of Iranian English as a Foreign Language Teachers

Document Type : Original Article


Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran


This study investigated the relationship between attitude toward professional development, reflective teaching, self-efficacy, and Job Performance (JP) of Iranian English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers. To this end, 150 advanced Iranian EFL teachers completed three Likert-scale questionnaires including English Language Teaching Reflection Inventory, Iranian English Teacher Professional Development Needs Questionnaire, and Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale. In addition, 550 advanced Iranian EFL learners of the same teachers completed a Likert-scale questionnaire called Successful Iranian English Teacher Questionnaire. The results of three separate Pearson Product Moment correlations revealed that there was a significant positive relationship between Iranian EFL teachers': a) reflective teaching and their job performance, b) self-efficacy and their job performance, c) attitude toward professional development and their job performance. Additionally, the results of Multiple Regression Analysis indicated that Iranian EFL teachers' self-efficacy was a stronger predictor of their job performance. Moreover, the results of the qualitative data analysis of the interviews showed that self-efficacy, professional development, and reflective teaching could lead to Iranian EFL teachers' better job performance.


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