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Aslan, Durmus; Tas, Isil; Ogul, Irem Gürgah – Educational Research and Reviews, 2016
In this study, pre- and in-service preschool teachers' science teaching efficacy beliefs were investigated. The sample included 100 pre-service (50 first grades and 50 last grades) and 73 in-service preschool teachers. As a data collection tool "Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument" was used. Findings indicated that in-service…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Beliefs, Teacher Attitudes, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Velthuis, Chantal; Fisser, Petra; Pieters, Jules – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
This study focuses on the improvement of pre-service teachers' self-efficacy for teaching science by including science courses within the teacher training program. Knowing how efficacy beliefs change over time and what factors influence the development by pre-service primary teachers of positive science teaching efficacy beliefs may be useful for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Aydogdu, Bülent; Peker, Murat – Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2016
The aim of this research was to examine science and mathematics teaching efficacy beliefs of pre-school teachers in terms of some variables. The sample of the study was comprised of 191 pre-school teachers working in a city in Aegean Region of Turkey. Since it attempted to define self-efficacy beliefs of pre-school teachers toward science and…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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Atiles, Julia T.; Jones, Jennifer L.; Anderson, James A. – Teacher Education and Practice, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of professional development on teachers' knowledge of teaching science and sense of efficacy regarding the teaching of science. In addition, the study explores the association between knowledge of teaching science and efficacy regarding the teaching of science. Participants included 28 early…
Descriptors: Scientists, Science Careers, Science Instruction, Faculty Development
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Hollingsworth, Heidi L.; Vandermaas-Peeler, Maureen – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Given the increased emphasis on science in early learning standards, two studies were conducted to investigate preschool teachers' efficacy for teaching science and their inquiry-based teaching practices. Fifty-one teachers completed a survey of their efficacy for teaching science and understanding of inquiry methods. Teachers reported moderate…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Competencies
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Surmeli, Hikmet – Educational Research and Reviews, 2013
This study examined the relationship between preschool teachers' environmental literacy and their science and technology self efficacy beliefs. 120 preschool teachers from teacher education programme at one university participated in this study. Data were collected by using Environmental Literacy Scale and Science and Technology Literacy Self…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Self Efficacy, Preservice Teacher Education, Environmental Education
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Gropen, Jess; Kook, Janna F.; Hoisington, Cindy; Clark-Chiarelli, Nancy – Early Education and Development, 2017
Young children are able to benefit from early science teaching but many preschool teachers have not had opportunities to deepen their own understanding of science or to develop their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in relation to specific science topics and concepts. This study presents the results of efficacy research on Foundations of…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Faculty Development, Science Instruction
Tortop, Hasan Said – Online Submission, 2014
In this study, examining the effectiveness of in-service training for gifted education has been conducted. In the study, 30 Classroom, Science, Mathematics and Preschool teachers working at schools in different cities of Turkey, took part as volunteer participants. Moreover, some criteria were specified for determining the participants. In this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Academically Gifted, Case Studies
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Usta, H. Gonca – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2016
This study aims to analyze the student and school level variables that affect students' self-efficacy levels in mathematics in China-Shanghai, Turkey, and Greece based on PISA 2012 results. In line with this purpose, the hierarchical linear regression model (HLM) was employed. The interschool variability is estimated at approximately 17% in…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students
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Gerde, Hope K.; Schachter, Rachel E.; Wasik, Barbara A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2013
Researchers and practitioners have become increasingly interested in how early childhood programs prepare young children for science. Due to a number of factors, including educators' low self-efficacy for teaching science and lack of educational resources, many early childhood classrooms do not offer high-quality science experiences for young…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Scientific Methodology, Young Children, Preschool Curriculum
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Roehrig, Gillian H.; Dubosarsky, Mia; Mason, Annie; Carlson, Stephan; Murphy, Barbara – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Despite many scholars' recommendations, science is often avoided during early childhood education. Among the reasons provided by early childhood teachers for the exclusion of science from their daily routines included science anxiety, low self-efficacy with respect to teaching science, lack of experience participating in science activities as…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Scientific Attitudes, Self Efficacy, American Indians
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Kao, Chia-Pin; Chien, Hui-Min – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2017
This study was conducted to explore the relationships between pre-school educators' conceptions of and approaches to learning by web-searching through Internet Self-efficacy. Based on data from 242 pre-school educators who had prior experience of participating in web-searching in Taiwan for path analyses, it was found in this study that…
Descriptors: Internet, Online Searching, Self Efficacy, Preschool Teachers
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Neuman, Susan B.; Kaefer, Tanya; Pinkham, Ashley M. – Elementary School Journal, 2016
This study examined the efficacy of a shared book-reading approach to integrating literacy and science instruction. The purpose was to determine whether teaching science vocabulary using information text could improve low-income preschoolers' word knowledge, conceptual development, and content knowledge in the life sciences. Teachers in 17…
Descriptors: Low Income, Preschool Children, Literacy Education, Science Instruction
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Tanriseven, Isil – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2013
The aim of this study is to research the effect of school practices on teacher candidates' sense of efficacy relating to planning, implementing, evaluating drama activities, and the sense of general efficacy relating to use of drama in education. The study was conducted with 52 students attending the 2nd year of their course of study in Mersin…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Drama
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Greenfield, Daryl B.; Jirout, Jamie; Dominguez, Ximena; Greenberg, Ariela; Maier, Michelle; Fuccillo, Janna – Early Education and Development, 2009
Research Findings: This article focuses on preschool science, an important but under-researched school readiness domain. There is considerable activity surrounding quality science in early childhood classroom practices, including state standards, curricula with science activities, and an extensive literature on potential best practices. However,…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Young Children, School Readiness, Science Activities
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