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Bolshakova, Virginia L. J.; Johnson, Carla C.; Czerniak, Charlene M. – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2011
In the United States today, urban schools serve the majority of high-poverty and high minority populations including large numbers of Hispanic students. While many Hispanic students perform below grade level in middle school science, the science teaching community as a whole is lacking elements of diversity as teachers struggle to meet the needs…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Self Efficacy, Science Achievement, Student Interests
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Ford, Danielle J.; Fifield, Steve; Madsen, John; Qian, Xiaoyu – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2013
We describe the Science Semester, a semester-long course block that integrates three science courses and a science education methods course for elementary teacher education majors, and examine prospective elementary teachers' developing conceptions about inquiry, science teaching efficacy, and reflections on learning through inquiry. The…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Curriculum
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Avery, Leanne M.; Meyer, Daniel Z. – School Science and Mathematics, 2012
Science teaching in elementary schools, or the lack thereof, continues to be an area of concern and criticism. Preservice elementary teachers' lack of confidence in teaching science is a major part of this problem. In this mixed-methods study, we report the impacts of an inquiry-based science course on preservice elementary teachers' self-efficacy…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Scientific Research, Science Instruction, Science Curriculum
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Brigido, Maria; Borrachero, Ana Belen; Bermejo, Maria Luisa; Mellado, Vicente – European Journal of Teacher Education, 2013
The self-efficacy of prospective primary teachers was studied, considering in particular the relationship of that construct with the emotions they expect to experience as future science teachers, differentiating between when they will be teaching the content of the "nature sciences" (biology and geology) and that of the "hard…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education
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Gouvea, Julia – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Small-"N" studies have been relatively uncommon in biology education research and are likely less familiar to instructors and administrators than large-"N" studies. Nevertheless, many scholars in the social sciences have argued for the value of small-"N" studies in informing research and practice (e.g., Flyvbjerg…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, College Science
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O'Sullivan, Deirdre; Strauser, David R. – Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 2009
Self-efficacy, a core construct of Bandura's social cognitive theory, has wide appeal and usefulness in the health and social sciences. Self-efficacy is frequently used across disciplines to assess an individual's beliefs about her likelihood to engage in a certain behavior. Because of the behavioral-change approaches common in rehabilitation…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Behavior Theories, Epistemology
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Hagiwara, Sumi; Maulucci, Maria S. Rivera; Ramos, S. Lizette – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2011
This forum article consists of commentaries--authored by Sumi Hagiwara, Maria S. Rivera Maulucci and Lizette Ramos--on the feature article by Virginia Jennings Bolshakova, Carla C. Johnson, and Charlene M. Czerniak. We reflect on a series of questions that take retrospective, introspective, and prospective views of self-efficacy in science…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Interaction, Science Teachers, Urban Schools
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Fraser, Robert – Informatics in Education, 2014
We present an overview of the nature of academic dishonesty with respect to computer science coursework. We discuss the efficacy of various policies for collaboration with regard to student education, and we consider a number of strategies for mitigating dishonest behaviour on computer science coursework by addressing some common causes. Computer…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Cheating, Plagiarism, Cooperation
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Geller, James – Academe, 2012
Society has high expectations for the quality and efficacy of science. Research is grounded in the faithful acquisition of new insights, a process in which results have to be discussed and reproduced before they can be accepted as new knowledge. Because the acquisition of new insights in science is tied to people's social lifestyles as well as the…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Integrity, Ethics, Science Education
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Meyer, Nathan J.; Scott, Siri; Strauss, Andrea Lorek; Nippolt, Pamela L.; Oberhauser, Karen S.; Blair, Robert B. – Journal of Extension, 2014
Citizen science projects can serve as constructivist learning environments for programming focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for youth. Attributes of "rich environments for active learning" (REALs) provide a framework for design of Extension STEM learning environments. Guiding principles and design strategies…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Projects, Citizen Participation, Constructivism (Learning)
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Masarik, Michelle – Afterschool Matters, 2017
One of the goals of afterschool programming is to empower students by increasing their sense of autonomy and giving them room to chart their own course of discovery. Long before STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) became part of the educational vernacular, afterschool practitioners were using science content and scientific practices…
Descriptors: After School Programs, STEM Education, Empowerment, Self Efficacy
Jack, Brady M.; Liu, Chia-Ju; Chiu, Hoan-Lin – Online Submission, 2005
This paper presents the results of a case study involving Taiwanese elementary teachers who teach science at the elementary grade school level. It advocates the position that a teacher's personal science efficacy belief influences his or her science teaching outcome expectations. It also points to an important metamorphosis that is taking place…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Pittman, Jason – Science and Children, 2016
Learning celebrations are increasingly common in schools looking to put more emphasis on community and efficacy in place formulaic science fair projects. The celebration aspect is in the community's participation and interaction with the learners. Students are the main event, performing as they would in a school play or applying acquired knowledge…
Descriptors: Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Fairs, Exhibits, Science Activities
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Walma van der Molen, Juliette; van Aalderen-Smeets, Sandra – Frontline Learning Research, 2013
Attention to the attitudes of primary teachers towards science is of fundamental importance to research on primary science education. The current article describes a large-scale research project that aims to overcome three main shortcomings in attitude research, i.e. lack of a strong theoretical concept of attitude, methodological flaws in…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education
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Bang, Megan; Medin, Douglas – Science Education, 2010
Although there has been considerable focus on the underrepresentation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and the need for science instruction that fosters diversity, much of the associated effort has focused on the goal of diversity and tended to assume that science and science learning are…
Descriptors: American Indians, Disproportionate Representation, Science Instruction, Science Education
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