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ERIC Number: EJ916811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1300-5340
In-Service Elementary School Teachers' Beliefs in Science Teaching Practices
Sahin, Elvan; Isiksal, Mine; Ertepinar, Hamide
Hacettepe University Journal of Education, v39 p296-306 2010
The present study aimed to (1) determine elementary school teachers' beliefs in using reform-based instructional strategies and traditional teaching approaches in science classrooms as well as their self-efficacy beliefs in science teaching, (2) examine the effect of sex and school type on those beliefs, and (3) investigate the significant predictors of teachers' beliefs in using inquiry-based teaching strategies. The data were collected through implementation of Turkish version of "Teacher Beliefs toward Instructional Pedagogies Questionnaire" to 197 in-service teachers. The results reflected that the participants had strong favorable beliefs in using inquiry-based and technology-enhanced instructional strategies, whereas they did not hold strong beliefs to use traditionally-designed instructional strategies. The results also revealed that private school teachers had significantly higher self-efficacy beliefs than public school teachers. It was found that beliefs in using technology, self-efficacy, and experience in teaching were among the significant predictors of beliefs in using inquiry-based instructional strategies. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey