“Since Feeling is First”: Exploring the Affective Dimension of Teacher Licensure Exams


  • Emery Petchauer Oakland University
  • Kira J. Baker-Doyle Arcadia University
  • Lynnette Mawhinney The College of New Jersey
  • Brian CiarKowski




licensure, certification, race, ethnicity, testing, teachers, affect, emotion


Teacher licensure exams directly shape the racial demographics of the teaching profession. This is particularly the case for “basic skills” exams that are program entrance requirements in the United States and expanding into other countries. This qualitative study explored an important yet overlooked dimension of these exams for test takers: emotional and affective states. Specifically, we were interested in the affective dimension of the test-taking event. Our findings reveal a number of positive and negative affective states that both African American and White preservice teachers experience during the exam and the processes of appraisal that produce these states. Our findings also highlight the importance of preparation activities prior the exam to help alleviate negative affective states during the exam.


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How to Cite

Petchauer, E., Baker-Doyle, K. J., Mawhinney, L., & CiarKowski, B. (2015). “Since Feeling is First”: Exploring the Affective Dimension of Teacher Licensure Exams. Multidisciplinary Journal of Educational Research, 5(2), 167–195. https://doi.org/10.17583/remie.2015.1495