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Article by alum Kim named Best Paper by Australian Teacher Education Association

October 29, 2015

An article authored by UW-Madison alumna Hyunjin Kim was selected this past summer as the Best Paper for 2014 by The Australian Teacher Education Association.

Kim earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department​ of Curriculum and Instruction in 2004.  Kim is currently an assistant professor and the program coordinator of early childhood education with the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Kim’s paper, published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, is titled, “Preservice teachers’ motivation, teacher efficacy, and expectation of reality shock.”

According to the paper’s abstract: “The present study investigated how pre-service teachers’ motivation and their sense of teaching efficacy influence their expectation about reality shock during the first year of professional teaching. A total of 533 pre-service teachers at a state university in the US Midwest participated in this study. The results showed that the pre-service teachers’ expectation of reality shock was negatively related to teacher efficacy and intrinsic motivation while it was positively related to introjected and external motivation. The results of a hierarchical regression analysis revealed that pre-service teachers’ sense of efficacy and introjected motivation were strong predictors of their expectation of reality shock, when gender difference was controlled for. There was an interaction effect between intrinsic motivation and teachers’ sense of efficacy in predicting the reality shock expectation. We discussed the educational implications for future research in an endeavour to reduce the reality shock among novice teachers.”