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ERIC Number: EJ1041824
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
Inspiring Instructional Change in Elementary School Science: The Relationship between Enhanced Self-Efficacy and Teacher Practices
Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v25 n6 p729-751 Oct 2014
This longitudinal study examined the extent to which teachers' participation in a 3-year professional development program enhanced their self-efficacy and prompted changes in science instruction in the early elementary grades. The study used a mixed-methods design, and included 39 teachers who taught in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade classrooms in rural school districts. Data sources, administered pre-program and at the end of each year, included a self-efficacy assessment and teacher survey. Interviews and classroom observations provided corroborating data about teachers' beliefs and science instruction. Results showed significant increases in teachers' overall self-efficacy in teaching science, personal efficacy, and outcome expectancy efficacy during the 3 years. Gains in self-efficacy were correlated with changes in reported instructional practices, particularly student participation activities. However, changes in self-efficacy tended not to be correlated with changes in instructional time. Contextual factors beyond teachers' direct control, such as curricular and testing requirements in mathematics and language arts influenced time allotted to science instruction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Grade 2
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Language: English
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