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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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Chen, Jason A.; Pajares, Frank – Contemporary Educational Psychology, 2010
We investigated: (a) the associations of implicit theories and epistemological beliefs and their effects on the academic motivation and achievement of students in Grade 6 science and (b) the mean differences of implicit theories, epistemological beliefs, and academic motivation and achievement as a function of gender and race/ethnicity (N=508).…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Science Achievement, Motivation, Path Analysis
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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
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Cheong, Yuk Fai; Pajares, Frank; Oberman, Paul S. – Computer Science Education, 2004
The primary objective of this study was to determine the degree to which academic motivation predicted the executive help-seeking, instrumental help-seeking, perceived benefits of help-seeking, and avoidance of help-seeking of high school students enrolled in computer science (n = 314). Task goals were positively associated with instrumental…
Descriptors: African American Students, Self Efficacy, Computer Science, Asian American Students
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Zeldin, Amy L.; Pajares, Frank – American Educational Research Journal, 2000
Examined the personal narratives of 25 women excelling in mathematics, science, and technology careers to understand the importance of their self-efficacy beliefs. Findings suggest that the perceived importance of self-efficacy beliefs may be stronger for women in male-oriented domains than for those operating in traditional settings. (SLD)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Beliefs, Career Choice, Females
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Pajares, Frank; Zeldin, Amy Lapin – Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, 1999
Examines personal stories of women to assess whether verbal persuasions and invitations influenced their academic paths. Three themes emerged: (a) invitations and verbal persuasions were instrumental sources for the development of confidence; (b) self-efficacy beliefs fostered resilience to academic and social obstacles; (c) invitations reemerged…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Choice, Females, Science Careers
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Pajares, Frank; Cheong, Yuk Fai; Oberman, Paul – Educational and Psychological Measurement, 2004
The purpose of this study was to develop scales to assess instrumental help seeking, executive help seeking, perceived benefits of help seeking, and avoidance of help seeking and to examine their psychometric properties by conducting factor and reliability analyses. As this is the first attempt to examine the latent structures underlying the…
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Academic Achievement, Student Motivation, Computer Science