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Ginns, Ian S.; Watters, James J. – 1990
This paper reports the results of a longitudinal study into the personal and science teaching efficacy of a group of preservice elementary teachers. Quantitative and qualitative research methods were employed in the study. Using a pretest and a post-test one group research design, quantitative data were obtained from the administration of a…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers
Watters, James J.; Ginns, Ian S. – 1995
This paper reports on a part of a study of factors that contribute to science anxiety and science teaching self-efficacy among preservice primary and early childhood teachers. The experience and beliefs of primary and early childhood preservice teachers at an Australian University were explored in an ethnographic research tradition. In all, 366…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
Ginns, Ian S.; Watters, James J. – 1996
The main objective of this study was to explore the experiences of two novice elementary school teachers for factors related to self-efficacy and motivation to teach science. The experiences were analyzed for evidence of: (1) successful performance, vicarious experience, verbal persuasion, and emotional arousal as contributors to the development…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
Watters, James J.; Ginns, Ian S. – 1997
This paper is a progress report on an ongoing, longitudinal study of the preparation of preservice elementary teachers in science. The study builds on previous work and explores the experiences of an intake of preservice students in 1994. These students were required to take a core course in science content in their foundation and subsequently a…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers
Ginns, Ian S.; Watters, James J. – 1996
The implementation of effective science programs in primary schools is of continuing interest and concern for teacher educators. Recent Australian national initiatives have been designed to foster the teaching of science in primary schools. At the provincial level in Queensland, decisions concerning the planning and introduction of a new primary…
Descriptors: Communications Satellites, Curriculum Development, Educational Television, Elementary Education
Watters, James J.; Ginns, Ian S. – 1997
This paper relates experiences in implementing a peer-assisted study program in a teacher education course. A class of 124 students in their first year of a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Program) undertaking a core course in basic science were the subjects of the study. They were mentored in a peer-assisted learning program by eight third…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Peer Teaching
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Ginns, Ian S.; Watters, James J. – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 1999
Focuses on the behaviors and experiences of beginning teachers as they face the task of teaching science on a regular and extended basis for the first time. Finds that experiencing success appeared to be a major contribution to effective science teaching by beginning teachers. (Contains 31 references.) (WRM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Foreign Countries