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Lofgran, Brandi B.; Smith, Leigh K.; Whiting, Erin F. – School Science and Mathematics, 2015
This study examined the science self-efficacy beliefs of students at the transition from elementary school (Grade 6) to middle school (Grade 7) and the transition from middle school (Grade 8) to high school (Grade 9). The purpose was to determine whether students' perceived competence is impacted at these important school transitions and if the…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Science Achievement, Competence, Articulation (Education)
Wagstaff, Iris R. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This study was conducted in response to the growing concern about the lack of U.S. students majoring in STEM fields and pursuing STEM careers (NSF, 2013). In order for the U.S. to compete in a global economy that is increasingly technologically-based, a skilled STEM workforce is a necessity (National Academies, 2010). Understanding the factors…
Descriptors: Grade 9, STEM Education, Longitudinal Studies, High School Students
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Schulze, Salomé; Lemmer, Eleanor – South African Journal of Education, 2017
Science education is particularly important for both developed and developing countries to promote technological development, global economic competition and economic growth. This study explored the relationship between family experiences, the motivation for science learning, and the science achievement of a group of Grade Nine learners in South…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Achievement, Foreign Countries, Student Motivation
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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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Schulze, Salomé; van Heerden, Mark – South African Journal of Education, 2015
In the light of the poor academic achievement in science by secondary school students in South Africa, students' motivation for science learning should be enhanced. It is argued that this can only be achieved with insight into which motivational factors to target, with due consideration of the diversity in schools. The study therefore explored the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Achievement, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
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Velayutham, Sunitadevi; Aldridge, Jill M.; Fraser, Barry – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of students' motivational beliefs (learning goal orientation, task value and self-efficacy) in science learning on students' self-regulation in the science classroom. The study also examines the moderating effect of gender on the proposed relationships. Data were collected from 719 boys…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Goal Orientation, Intervention, Foreign Countries
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Brown, Sherri L.; Ronau, Robert R. – School Science and Mathematics, 2012
While participating in single- and mixed-gender science and mathematics classes, ninth-grade urban high school students' (n = 118) academic self-concept, self-efficacy, and school climate perceptions were examined. Their perceptions were measured quantitatively from the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics (modified for Science) Attitude and the Patterns…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Structural Equation Models, Self Efficacy, Measures (Individuals)
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Ross, John A.; Scott, Garth; Bruce, Catherine D. – School Science and Mathematics, 2012
Recent research demonstrates that in many countries gender differences in mathematics achievement have virtually disappeared. Expectancy-value theory and social cognition theory both predict that if gender differences in achievement have declined there should be a similar decline in gender differences in self-beliefs. Extant literature is…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Failure, Mathematics Achievement, Social Cognition
Ozyurek, Ragip – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2010
This study focused on the convergent and discriminate validity of the Mathematics Self- Efficacy Informative Sources Scale for high school students. A total number of 692 high school students participated in the study. Both explanatory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted for the content of the scale. Whether the Mathematics…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Measures (Individuals)
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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
Smith, Feon M. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of the quantitative research study was to determine if participation in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA) led to significant differences in the math and reading/language arts scores on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2), between students who participated in the program compared to students who…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Standardized Tests, Statistical Analysis, Health Sciences
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Robinson, W. P.; Gillibrand, E. – International Journal of Science Education, 2004
The primary purpose was to investigate the efficacy of a full year of single-sex (SS) teaching of science. The secondary aims were to locate any differentiation by set and gender, and to relate these to more proximal variables. Participants were 13 year olds. Higher set girls gave evidence of clear benefits overall, and higher set boys also,…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Gender Differences
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Solomontos-Kountouri, Olga; Tsagkaridis, Konstantinos; Gradinger, Petra; Strohmeier, Dagmar – International Journal of Developmental Science, 2017
The present paper (1) examined variables, which could predict traditional bullying, cyberbullying, traditional victimization and cybervictimization and (2) looked at persons to examine whether academic, socio-emotional and demographic characteristics differed between traditional, cyber and mixed bullies, victims and bully-victims. A sample of…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Bullying, Victims, Secondary School Students