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Knaggs, Christine M.; Sondergeld, Toni A.; Henry, Dawn – School Science and Mathematics, 2017
Using a quasi-experimental mixed methods concurrent design, this study measured the science self-efficacy of pre-service elementary teachers before and after a survey of science content course. Further, this course was delivered in two different formats: face-to-face and hybrid (approximately 50% online), and compared pre-and post-science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Self Efficacy, Preservice Teachers, Online Courses
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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)
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Baldwin, Kathryn A. – School Science and Mathematics, 2014
This study examined prospective elementary education majors' science teaching self-efficacy while they were enrolled in an introductory geology lab course for elementary education majors. The Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument Form B (STEBI-B) was administered during the first and last lab class sessions. Additionally, students were…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Geology
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Moseley, Christine; Bilica, Kimberly; Wandless, Ana; Gdovin, Ralph – School Science and Mathematics, 2014
This qualitative case study sought to investigate what relationship exists between teaching efficacy and cultural efficacy of novice science teachers in high-needs, high-minority urban schools. One major theme--the importance of establishing positive teacher-student relationships--surrounding teaching efficacy in the context of cultural efficacy…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Teacher Effectiveness, Beginning Teachers
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Knaggs, Christine M.; Sondergeld, Toni A. – School Science and Mathematics, 2015
Academic science achievement of U.S. students has raised concerns regarding our ability as a nation to compete in a global economy. Additionally, research has shown that many elementary teachers have weak science content backgrounds and had poor/negative experiences as students of science, resulting in a lack of confidence regarding teaching…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Statistical Analysis, Self Efficacy
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Moseley, Christine; Taylor, Bryan – School Science and Mathematics, 2011
The context and nature of teacher efficacy beliefs provide a method upon which to explore science teachers' perceptions of their teaching effectiveness and student achievement as a function of ethnicity. Promotion of a more in-depth knowledge of science teaching efficacy requires cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations. In this study, a…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Classroom Techniques, Ethnicity, Teacher Effectiveness
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Bayraktar, Sule – School Science and Mathematics, 2011
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a primary teacher education program in improving science teaching efficacy beliefs (personal science teaching efficacy beliefs and outcome expectancy beliefs) of preservice primary school teachers. The study also investigated whether the program has an effect on student…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Self Efficacy
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Hammack, Rebekah; Ivey, Toni – School Science and Mathematics, 2017
Research indicates that teacher efficacy influences student achievement and is situation specific. With the Next Generation Science Standards calling for the incorporation of engineering practices into K-12 classrooms, it is important to identify teachers' engineering teaching efficacy. A study of K-5 teachers' engineering self-efficacy and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Engineering Education, Self Efficacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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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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Angle, Julie; Moseley, Christine – School Science and Mathematics, 2009
The purpose of this study was to compare teacher efficacy beliefs of secondary Biology I teachers whose students' mean scores on the statewide End-of-Instruction (EOI) Biology I test met or exceeded the state academic proficiency level (Proficient Group) to teacher efficacy beliefs of secondary Biology I teachers whose students' mean scores on the…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Predictor Variables
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Cone, Neporcha – School Science and Mathematics, 2009
Bandura (1997) contends that when compared to other sources of efficacy, mastery experiences, when presented appropriately, have the most powerful influence on self-efficacy. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of community-based service learning (CBSL) experiences on preservice elementary teachers' personal self-efficacy…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Service Learning, Preservice Teacher Education
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Moseley, Christine; Utley, Juliana; Angle, Julie; Mwavita, Mwarumba – School Science and Mathematics, 2016
The increasing popularity of including environmental topics and issues in school curricula has created a need for effective environmental education teachers. One way to evaluate teacher effectiveness is through teacher efficacy, a belief measure that evaluates a teacher's perception that he/she can teach effectively. Research suggests that…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Teacher Surveys
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Buss, Ray R. – School Science and Mathematics, 2010
The study was conducted to examine preservice, elementary teachers' efficacy for teaching science and mathematics as compared with other elementary content. The instrument assessed efficacy for teaching (EFT) five elementary content areas: science, mathematics, reading, classroom management, and general instruction. Three hundred twenty-five…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Teacher Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Self Concept Measures
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Morrell, Patricia D.; Carroll, James B. – School Science and Mathematics, 2003
The purpose of this study was to examine programmatic factors that positively impact changes in elementary preservice teachers' teaching self-efficacy beliefs. Specifically, it examined the impact of science methods courses, student teaching, and science content courses on elementary preservice teachers' science teaching self-efficacy. The Science…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Lewis, Elizabeth; Dema, Oxana; Harshbarger, Dena – School Science and Mathematics, 2014
Despite historical national efforts to improve elementary science education, science instruction continues to be marginalized, varying by state. This study was designed to address the ongoing challenge of educating elementary preservice teachers (PSTs) to teach science. Elementary PSTs are one of the science education community's major links…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction, Classroom Communication
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