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Letwinsky, Karim Medico – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate the relationship between mathematics teachers' self-efficacy and the use of technology and the Internet in secondary education classrooms. The focus was on the Internet as a tool to promote mathematics communication and literacy in the online environment. A total of 100 mathematics teachers…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Self Efficacy
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Letwinsky, Karim Medico – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2017
The rich language surrounding mathematical concepts often is reduced in many classrooms to a narrow process of memorizing isolated procedures with little context. This approach has proven to be detrimental to students' ability to understand mathematics at deeper levels and remain engaged with this content. The current generation of students values…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Self Efficacy, Secondary School Mathematics, Teacher Attitudes
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Bernadowski, Carianne – Middle School Journal, 2016
A qualitative case study design was used to explore the use of the think-aloud reading comprehension strategy in the implementation of math journals. The goal of the study was to determine if a teacher's direct instruction in the implementation of think-alouds improved "at risk" eighth-graders' abilities to answer word problems more…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Protocol Analysis, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students
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Hanauer, David I.; Graham, Mark J.; Hatfull, Graham F. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Curricular changes that promote undergraduate persistence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are likely associated with particular student psychological outcomes, and tools are needed that effectively assess these developments. Here, we describe the theoretical basis, psychometric properties, and predictive…
Descriptors: College Students, Academic Persistence, Psychometrics, Predictive Validity
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Avery, Leanne M.; Meyer, Daniel Z. – School Science and Mathematics, 2012
Science teaching in elementary schools, or the lack thereof, continues to be an area of concern and criticism. Preservice elementary teachers' lack of confidence in teaching science is a major part of this problem. In this mixed-methods study, we report the impacts of an inquiry-based science course on preservice elementary teachers' self-efficacy…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum
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Sha, Li; Schunn, Christian; Bathgate, Meghan – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2015
Cumulatively, participation in optional science learning experiences in school, after school, at home, and in the community may have a large impact on student interest in and knowledge of science. Therefore, interventions can have large long-term effects if they change student choice preferences for such optional science learning experiences. To…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 6, Early Adolescents, Learning Experience
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Wu, Yi; de Vries, Charlotte; Dunsworth, Qi – Advances in Engineering Education, 2018
System Dynamics is a required course offered to junior Mechanical Engineering students at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. It addresses the intercoupling dynamics of a wide range of dynamic systems: including mechanical, electrical, fluid, hydraulic, electromechanical, and biomedical systems. This course is challenging for students due to the…
Descriptors: Toys, Teaching Methods, Case Studies, Computer Software
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Denson, Cameron D.; Austin Stallworth, Chandra; Hailey, Christine; Householder, Daniel L. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
This paper examines STEM-based informal learning environments for underrepresented students and reports on the aspects of these programs that are beneficial to students. This qualitative study provides a nuanced look into informal learning environments and determines what is unique about these experiences and makes them beneficial for students. We…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Educational Environment, STEM Education, Qualitative Research
Marion, Carol – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to obtain the attitudes and beliefs of mathematics teachers in the School District of Philadelphia regarding an eighth grade middle school mathematics core curriculum. This study explored the attitudes and beliefs of teachers in the reform of an eighth grade math "Core Curriculum, Math In Context" (School…
Descriptors: Modern Mathematics, Core Curriculum, Middle Schools, Federal Legislation
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Dee, Thomas S. – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2015
One provocative explanation for the continued persistence of minority achievement gaps involves the performance-dampening anxiety thought to be experienced by minority students in highly evaluative settings (i.e., "stereotype threat"). Recent field-experimental studies suggest that modest, low-cost "buffering" interventions…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Achievement Gap, Intervention, Self Efficacy