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ERIC Number: EJ984228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6803
Assessing Preservice Teachers' Beliefs about the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics and Science
Hudson, Rick Alan; Kloosterman, Peter; Galindo, Enrique
School Science and Mathematics, v112 n7 p433-442 Nov 2012
With increased study of teachers' beliefs about science and mathematics teaching in recent years, there is a need for instruments that assess beliefs in both content areas. Moreover, early field experiences in schools and professional development efforts may influence the beliefs that preservice and in-service teachers develop, and instruments for this purpose are limited. This article describes the development and validation of the Confidence, Commitment, Collaboration, and Student thinking in Mathematics and Science (CCCSMS) beliefs scales, a set of 10-item scales. Collectively, these scales measure teachers' self-confidence in doing and teaching science and mathematics, confidence in understanding children's thinking and building models of that thinking, commitment to teaching science and mathematics from a standards-based perspective, and commitment to collaborating with peers. The scales represent an efficient and effective way of assessing beliefs of large groups. Although this article focuses predominantly on development of the scales, results from initial use indicate that there are positive correlations between beliefs related to mathematics and beliefs related to science, but the correlations are low enough to show that many teachers think differently about the two subjects. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Language: English
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