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Britner, Shari L.; Pajares, Frank – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2006
The purpose of this study was to investigate the degree to which A. Bandura's ([1997]) hypothesized sources of self-efficacy predict the science self-efficacy beliefs of middle school students (N = 319), to replicate previous findings that science self-efficacy predicts science achievement, and to explore how science self-efficacy and its…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Epistemology, Science Achievement, Self Efficacy
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Britner, Shari L. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2008
The aims of this study were to examine self-efficacy and other motivation variables among high school science students (n = 502); to determine the degree to which each of the four hypothesized sources of self-efficacy makes an independent contribution to students' science self-efficacy beliefs; to examine possible differences between life,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Grades (Scholastic), Females, Self Efficacy
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Frantz, Kyle J.; Demetrikopoulos, Melissa K.; Britner, Shari L.; Carruth, Laura L.; Williams, Brian A.; Pecore, John L.; DeHaan, Robert L.; Goode, Christopher T. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Undergraduate research experiences confer benefits on students bound for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, but the low number of research professionals available to serve as mentors often limits access to research. Within the context of our summer research program (BRAIN), we tested the hypothesis that a team-based…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Characteristics, Personality Traits, Career Development
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Britner, Shari L.; Pajares, Frank – Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 2001
Investigates whether the science motivational beliefs of middle school students (n= 262) vary as a function of their gender or race/ethnicity and determines whether science self-efficacy beliefs predict science achievement when motivation variables shown to predict achievement in other academic areas are controlled. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Middle Schools, Racial Differences, Science Education
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Zeldin, Amy L.; Britner, Shari L.; Pajares, Frank – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2008
The purpose of this study was to explore the personal stories of men who selected careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) to better understand the ways in which their self-efficacy beliefs were created and subsequently influenced their academic and career choices. Analysis of 10 narratives revealed that mastery…
Descriptors: Females, Males, Gender Differences, Self Efficacy
Britner, Shari L.; Finson, Kevin D. – Journal of Elementary Science Education, 2005
This study reports on student experiences in an inquiry-oriented elementary science methods course. Students in this course designed and conducted an independent investigation, and then adapted that investigation to develop an inquiry-oriented lesson and a corresponding performance assessment. Students' written reflections expressed increased…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum