ERIC Number: ED453084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Preservice Elementary Teachers' Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Their Conceptions of Photosynthesis and Inheritance.
Cakiroglu, Jale; Boone, William J.
The purpose of this study was to examine pre-service elementary teachers' understanding of the concept of photosynthesis and inheritance, to explore their self-efficacy beliefs in teaching science, and to investigate the relationship between these two issues. Data were gathered through the use of misconception and science teaching efficacy beliefs instruments, and the utilization of interviews. Seventy-nine pre-service elementary teachers participated in this study and eleven pre-service teachers participated in interviews. The results showed that participants held alternative conceptions regarding photosynthesis and inheritance and have generally positive self-efficacy regarding teaching science. The results also suggested that those participants with fewer alternative conceptions regarding photosynthesis had a relatively high personal science teaching efficacy. (Contains 47 references and 7 tables.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).