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ERIC Number: ED443685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
A Snapshot of Upper Elementary and Middle School Science Teachers' Self-Efficacy and Outcome Expectancy.
Saam, Julie; Boone, William J.; Chase, Valerie
The goals of this research were to: (a) investigate the mechanism by which master science teachers instruct peers, and (b) explore ways of optimizing professional development for science teachers sustained over time. One component of the data collection involved evaluating local teachers who attended outreach provided by master teachers. The local teachers completed a survey during outreach and again approximately one year later. Master teachers presented the outreach in districts throughout the United States. The local teachers provided data concerning self efficacy, outcome expectancy, and ethnicity as well as the approximation of their own students' economic status, geography, and ethnicity. Analysis of this data provides important guidance that educators can use to improve science summer institutes and, most importantly, to better understand those science teachers who may commonly attend outreach provided by master science teachers but who do not, for whatever reason, attend multiple-week summer institutes. From the results, it is concluded that the outcome expectancies of teachers were not dependent upon their students' economic level, geography, or ethnicity. Also, the teachers' self-efficacies were not dependent upon their students' geography or ethnicity; however, local teachers that classified their students as from a middle/upper income background had a higher self-efficacy when compared with local teachers who classified their students as poverty/low income. (ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A