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Findley-Van Nostrand, Danielle; Pollenz, Richard S. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
The persistence of undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines is a national issue based on STEM workforce projections. We implemented a weeklong pre-college engagement STEM Academy (SA) program aimed at addressing several areas related to STEM retention. We validated an instrument that was…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, Program Effectiveness
Dou, Remy – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This collected papers dissertation explores students' academic interactions in an active learning, introductory physics settings as they relate to the development of physics self-efficacy and interest. The motivation for this work extends from the national call to increase participation of students in the pursuit of science, technology,…
Descriptors: Correlation, Physics, Science Instruction, Sociocultural Patterns
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Sawtelle, Vashti; Brewe, Eric; Goertzen, Renee Michelle; Kramer, Laird H. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2012
We present a method of analyzing the development of self-efficacy in real time using a framework of self-efficacy opportunities (SEOs). Considerable research has shown a connection between self-efficacy, or the confidence in one's own ability to perform a task, and success in science fields. Traditional methods of investigating the development of…
Descriptors: Physics, Self Efficacy, Teaching Methods, Video Technology
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Johnson, Joel D.; Starobin, Soko S.; Santos Laanan, Frankie – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
This study confirmed appropriate measurement model fit for a theoretical model, the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) vocational choice (STEM-VC) model. This model identified factors that successfully predicted a student's vocational choice decision to pursue a STEM degree for Latina/o and White community college students.…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Hispanic American Students, College Students, Two Year College Students
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Winkelmann, Kurt; Baloga, Monica; Marcinkowski, Tom; Giannoulis, Christos; Anquandah, George; Cohen, Peter – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Research projects conducted by faculty in STEM departments served as the inspiration for a new curriculum of inquiry-based, multiweek laboratory modules in the general chemistry 1 course. The purpose of this curriculum redesign was to improve students' attitudes about chemistry as well as their self-efficacy and skills in performing inquiry…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Process Skills, Skill Development, Self Efficacy
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Vásquez-Colina, María D.; Gonzalez-DeHass, Alyssa R.; Furner, Joseph M. – Journal of Research in Education, 2014
This paper reports findings of a pilot study examining the feasibility of a research design to investigate how achievement goals relate to the construct of math anxiety. In addition, we also consider how other important achievement-related behaviors, like self-efficacy, help-seeking, and self-regulation, might also relate to students' math…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Mathematics Education, Self Efficacy, Help Seeking
Comella, Bonnie E. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Over the past 20 years, many colleges and universities have developed diversity support programs aimed at improving underrepresented minority student success in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Developing such programs is important for facilitating higher minority-graduation rates in STEM and broadening…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Undergraduate Students, Minority Group Students, STEM Education