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Palmer, David; Dixon, Jeanette; Archer, Jennifer – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2015
Many preservice primary teachers have low self-efficacy for science teaching. Although science methods courses have often been shown to enhance self-efficacy, science content courses have been relatively ineffective in this respect. This study investigated whether a tailored science content course would enhance self-efficacy. The participants were…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Interviews
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Velthuis, Chantal; Fisser, Petra; Pieters, Jules – Journal of Educational Research, 2015
The purpose of this study was to establish whether participation in a teacher design team (TDT) is an effective way to increase the science teaching self-efficacy of primary school teachers who vary in their levels of experience and interest in science. A TDT is a group of at least 2 teachers from the same or related subjects working together to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science
Bustos Flores, Belinda; Claeys, Lorena; Gist, Conra D.; Riojas Clark, Ellen; Villarreal, Abelardo – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2015
To address the challenge of ensuring the quality of preparation of secondary mathematics and science teachers, this article describes the efforts of the "Academy for Teacher Excellence" (ATE; Flores et al., 2007), which received Transition to Teaching grants to establish the Accelerated Teacher Education Program (ATEP). ATEP's purpose…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Teacher Education Programs, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Mansfield, Caroline F.; Woods-McConney, Amanda – Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 2012
Teacher efficacy has become an important field of research especially in subjects teachers may find challenging, such as science. This study investigates the sources of teachers' efficacy for teaching science in primary schools in the context of authentic teaching situations with a view to better understanding sources of teachers' efficacy…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Teaching Methods, Content Analysis
Gibson, Jakeisha Jamice – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This mixed-methods case study examined two out-of-school (OST) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs at a science-oriented high school on students' Self-Efficacy. Because STEM is a key for future innovation and economic growth, Americans have been developing a variety of approaches to increase student interest in science within…
Descriptors: High School Students, Self Efficacy, Student Surveys, Mixed Methods Research
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Robertson Evia, Jane; Peterman, Karen; Cloyd, Emily; Besley, John – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2018
Self-efficacy, or the beliefs people hold about their ability to succeed in certain pursuits, is a long-established construct. Self-efficacy for science communication distinguishes scientists who engage with the public and relates to scientists' attitudes about the public. As such, self-efficacy for public engagement has the potential to serve as…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Scientists, Self Concept Measures, Program Validation
Kettler, Karen A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The current study utilized a mixed methods approach to examine the science teaching efficacy beliefs (STEB) of preservice elementary teachers as they participated in a Science Methods course. The following questions were addressed using quantitative survey data and qualitative interviews: What are the STEB of preservice elementary teachers as they…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Science Teachers, Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness
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Bursal, Murat – Science Education International, 2012
Fifty-five American preservice elementary teachers' personal science teaching efficacy (PSTE) beliefs, science anxiety (SANX) levels, and common science misconceptions were investigated during a science methods course. A significant increase in the PSTE scores and a slight--but statistically insignificant--decrease in the SANX scores were detected…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Methods Courses, Self Efficacy
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Sen, Ceylan; Sezen Vekli, Gülsah – Universal Journal of Educational Research, 2016
The aim of this study is to determine the influence of inquiry-based teaching approach on pre-service science teachers' laboratory self-efficacy perceptions and scientific process skills. The quasi experimental model with pre-test-post-test control group design was used as an experimental design in this research. The sample of this study included…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Process Skills, Pretests Posttests, Self Efficacy
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Kilinç, Ahmet; Kartal, Tezcan; Eroglu, Baris; Demiral, Ümit; Afacan, Özlem; Polat, Dilber; Demirci Guler, Mutlu P.; Görgülü, Özkan – Research in Science Education, 2013
The aim of the present study was to understand the nature of teaching efficacy beliefs related to a socioscientific issue (SSI). We investigated Turkish preservice science teachers' teaching efficacy beliefs about genetically modified (GM) foods using a belief system approach. We assumed that preservice teachers' beliefs about GM foods (content…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes
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Önen, Fatma; Muslu Kaygisiz, Gülfem – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2013
The formal educational institutions and the society have an important function in acquiring a sense of self-efficacy. Teachers play a role in the formal educational process. The purpose of the study is to examine prospective science teachers' self-efficacy belief level in the 6th to 8th terms and the differences in this process. This survey model…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Beliefs, Science Instruction
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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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Herrington, Deborah G.; Yezierski, Ellen J.; Bancroft, Senetta F. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2016
The purpose of this study was to compare the ability of different instruments, independently developed and traditionally used for measuring science teachers' beliefs in short-term interventions, to longitudinally measure teachers' changing beliefs. We compared the ability of three self-report instruments (Science Teaching Efficacy Belief…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Science Teachers, Chemistry
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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy – Professional Development in Education, 2013
This study examined the extent to which significant changes after one year of a longitudinal, state-funded teacher professional development program were sustained during the second year. Participants taught in elementary schools located in small, rural school districts in the state of California in the United States. The research examined changes…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Rural Schools
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Thomson, Margareta Maria; Nietfeld, John L. – Journal of Educational Research, 2016
In a mixed-methods study, the authors investigate teacher typologies of elementary teachers (N = 132) in the United States based on their reformed science teaching beliefs. Additionally, the identified teacher typologies were compared with respect to their science content knowledge, self-efficacy and epistemic beliefs. Results revealed three…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Beliefs, Educational Practices, Classroom Techniques
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