ERIC Number: EJ785169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Nurturing Confidence in Preservice Elementary Science Teachers
Bleicher, Robert E.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v18 n6 p841-860 Dec 2007
This study examined changes in personal science teaching self-efficacy (PSTE), outcome expectancy (STOE), and science conceptual understanding and relationships among these in preservice teachers. Seventy preservice teachers enrolled in science teaching methods courses participated in this study. PSTE, STOE, and science conceptual understanding increased significantly during participation in the course. The study established that novice learners with minimal prior knowledge could not be expected to understand and employ core concepts in their learning schema without extensive guidance. The relationship between science learning confidence and science teaching confidence has not been theoretically delineated in the area of science teacher education. Findings suggest there may be important connections between the 2 for preservice teachers that would be fruitful areas for future research.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Self Efficacy, Prior Learning, Science Teachers, Teaching Methods, Scientific Concepts, Teacher Effectiveness, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Comprehension, Learning Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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