ERIC Number: EJ849715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
The Effects of Outdoor Science Lessons with Elementary School Students on Preservice Teachers' Self-Efficacy
Carrier, Sarah J.
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v21 n2 p35-48 Spr 2009
Teachers' self-efficacy develops based on their appraisal of their experience with a task or similar tasks. Elementary science education should provide opportunities for students to experience science learning opportunities in authentic settings. This retrospective study describes one example of preservice teachers teaching elementary school students environmental science lessons in the outdoors during their science methods course. The preservice teachers' recognition of the students' enthusiasm and excitement of learning science in the outdoors positively impacted their confidence level as future teachers of science and helped them recognize the potential for using the outdoor setting as an effective location for science instruction.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Self Efficacy, Science Instruction, Outdoor Education, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Environmental Education, Hands on Science
Western Illinois University. Document and Publications Services, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390. Tel: 309-298-1917; Fax: 309-298-2869; e-mail: DPS@wiu.edu; Web site: http://www.wiu.edu/users/jese/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A