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Hiller, Suzanne E. – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2016
Citizen science programs provide opportunities for students to help professional scientists while fostering science achievement and motivation. Instruments which measure the effects of this type of programs on student motivational beliefs are limited. The purpose of this study was to describe the process of examining the reliability and validity…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Scientific Literacy, Self Efficacy, Likert Scales
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Flores, Ingrid M. – Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 2015
Pedagogical competence and teaching efficacy significantly influence the quality of classroom science learning. Without applying pedagogical learning in realistic classroom environments, there is slight possibility that prospective teachers will increase their teaching confidence or develop understanding of how learners acquire and construct…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Science Instruction, Self Efficacy
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Bergman, Daniel J.; Morphew, Jason – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2015
The preparation of elementary teachers to successfully teach science in their classrooms is a central issue in science education. The teacher preparation program at a large Midwestern university was modified to include a new science content course aimed at this need. A pre-/postassessment research model involved participants (N = 154) completing a…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Science
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Casad, Bettina J.; Chang, Amy L.; Pribbenow, Christine M. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is designed to support undergraduate students' professional development as future scientists. Juniors, seniors, and postbaccalaureates who attended ABRCMS during 2008-2011 were emailed a link to an online questionnaire in which they reported their experiences at the…
Descriptors: Biomedicine, Conferences (Gatherings), Minority Group Students, Educational Benefits
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Farrand, Kathleen; Wild, Tiffany A.; Hilson, Margilee P. – Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, 2016
The purpose of this pilot study was to determine students' self-efficacy level prior to participation and after participation in an inquiry-based science camp to determine if self-efficacy levels changed as a result of participation. A validated instrument, the 30 item Morgan-Jinks Student Self-Efficacy Scale (MJSES) (Jinks & Morgan, 1996) was…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Program Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Summer Programs
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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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McKinnon, Merryn; Lamberts, Rod – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2014
The science teaching self-efficacy beliefs of primary school teachers influence teaching practice. The purpose of this research was to determine if informal education institutions, such as science centres, could provide professional development that influences the science teaching self-efficacy beliefs of pre-service and in-service primary school…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Teacher Competencies
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Aydeniz, Mehmet; Ozdilek, Zehra – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of an intervention on pre-service science teachers' self-efficacy to teach science through argumentation and explore the challenges they experienced while implementing argumentation. Forty pre-service science teachers in their final semester of schooling participated in an intervention that…
Descriptors: Intervention, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Self Efficacy
Logerwell, Mollianne G. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a summer science camp teaching experience on preservice elementary teachers' science teaching efficacy, science content knowledge, and understanding of the nature of science. Master's degree students enrolled in the elementary Fairfax Partnership Schools (FPS, n = 21) cohort served as the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Scientific Principles, Methods Courses, Professional Development Schools
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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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Flores, Ingrid M. – Research in Higher Education Journal, 2015
Thirty preservice teachers enrolled in a field-based science methods course were placed at a public elementary school for coursework and for teaching practice with elementary students. Candidates focused on building conceptual understanding of science content and pedagogical methods through innovative curriculum development and other course…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness, Field Experience Programs
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Yanowitz, Karen L. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
A science summer camp is a popular type of informal science experience for youth. While there is no one model of a science camp, these experiences typically allow for more focused and in-depth exploration of different science domains and are usually hands-on and participatory. The goal of this research was to examine the impact of a short science…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Science Instruction, Informal Education, Science Activities
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Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Ringstaff, Cathy – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2014
This longitudinal study examined the extent to which teachers' participation in a 3-year professional development program enhanced their self-efficacy and prompted changes in science instruction in the early elementary grades. The study used a mixed-methods design, and included 39 teachers who taught in kindergarten, first grade, or second…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Faculty Development, Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness
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van Aalderen-Smeets, Sandra I.; van der Molen, Juliette H. Walma – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2015
This article provides a description of a novel, attitude-focused, professional development intervention, and presents the results of an experimental pretest-posttest control group study investigating the effects of this intervention on primary teachers' personal attitudes toward science, attitudes toward teaching science, and their science…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, Faculty Development
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Daubenmire, Patrick L.; van Opstal, Mary T.; Hall, Natalie J.; Wunar, Bryan; Kowrach, Nicole – International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 2017
Evolving mobile technology and the rapid spread of STEM-focused informal learning environments have created a unique opportunity to break through the barriers that have traditionally separated diverse learning contexts such as school, family, and community. Previous research suggest that in a well-designed family learning environment, both parents…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, High School Students, Urban Schools
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