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Gray, Kyle – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2017
Preservice elementary teachers are often required to take an Earth Science content course as part of their teacher education program but typically enter the course with little knowledge of key Earth Science concepts and are uncertain in their ability to teach science. This study investigated whether completing an inquiry-based Earth Science course…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Science Instruction, Inquiry
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Estrada, Mica; Hernandez, Paul R.; Schultz, P. Wesley – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans are historically underrepresented minorities (URMs) among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree earners. Viewed from a perspective of social influence, this pattern suggests that URMs do not integrate into the STEM academic community at the same rate as non-URM students.…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Mentors, STEM Education, Disproportionate Representation
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Ballen, Cissy J.; Wieman, Carl; Salehi, Shima; Searle, Jeremy B.; Zamudio, Kelly R. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Efforts to retain underrepresented minority (URM) students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have shown only limited success in higher education, due in part to a persistent achievement gap between students from historically underrepresented and well-represented backgrounds. To test the hypothesis that active learning…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Minority Group Students, Disproportionate Representation, STEM Education
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Robnett, Rachael D.; Chemers, Martin M.; Zurbriggen, Eileen L. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2015
Prior research shows that undergraduates tend to identify more strongly with the field of science after participating in scientific research. However, mediators that might account for this association are not well understood. In the current study, we propose that science self-efficacy may serve this mediational function. Specifically, data from a…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Longitudinal Studies, Scientific Research, Self Efficacy
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Chang, Yevvon Yi-Chi; Chiou, Wen-Bin – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2017
Self-efficacy toward science learning has been shown to play a crucial role in determining students' motivation and achievements. Social cognitive theory proposes that positive and negative task outcomes affect mastery experiences from which self-efficacy develops. The current research examined whether prior level of self-efficacy would serve as a…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries, Equipment
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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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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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Camci-Erdogan, Sezen – Eurasian Journal of Educational Research, 2015
Problem Statement: Education of gifted has attracted attention for a few decades. Components of gifted education environments like identification, differentiation of teaching processes, social-emotional characteristics of gifted students and educating teachers of gifted students etc. have been studied in different studies. Gifted students have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Science Instruction
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Shen, Kuan-Ming; Lee, Min-Hsien; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Chang, Chun-Yen – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
In the area of science education research, studies have attempted to investigate conceptions of learning, approaches to learning, and self-efficacy, mainly focusing on science in general or on specific subjects such as biology, physics, and chemistry. However, few empirical studies have probed students' earth science learning. This study aimed to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Earth Science, Self Efficacy, Correlation
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Dunn, Karee E.; Lo, Wen-Juo – International Journal of Science Education, 2015
Understanding self-regulation in science learning is important for theorists and practitioners alike. However, very little has been done to explore and understand students' self-regulatory processes in postsecondary science courses. In this study, the influence of science efficacy, learning value, and goal orientation on the perceived use of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Models, Self Efficacy
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Vogel, F. Ruric; Human-Vogel, Salomé – Higher Education Research and Development, 2016
A great deal of research within science and engineering education revolves around academic success and retention of science and engineering students. It is well known that South Africa is experiencing, for various reasons, an acute shortage of engineers. Therefore, we think it is important to understand the factors that contribute to attrition…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Academic Achievement, Engineering Education, Physical Sciences
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Lin, Che-Li; Liang, Jyh-Chong; Su, Yi-Ching; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Journal of Educational Computing Research, 2013
Teacher-centered instruction has been widely adopted in college computer science classrooms and has some benefits in training computer science undergraduates. Meanwhile, student-centered contexts have been advocated to promote computer science education. How computer science learners respond to or prefer the two types of teacher authority,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Science Education, Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students
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Deemer, Eric D.; Thoman, Dustin B.; Chase, Justin P.; Smith, Jessi L. – Journal of Career Development, 2014
Social cognitive career theory (SCCT; Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994, 2000) holds that contextual barriers inhibit self-efficacy and goal choice intentions from points both near and far from the active career development situation. The current study examined the influence of one such proximal barrier, stereotype threat, on attainment of these…
Descriptors: Social Theories, Social Cognition, Stereotypes, Barriers
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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
Keefe, Lisa Madalon – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Institutions of higher learning are recently being held more accountable for the learning outcomes of their students. As such, universities have begun to actively measure and evaluate student learning and motivational outcomes in an effort to improve the successful outcomes of their students. To support this work, two studies were conducted to…
Descriptors: College Students, Self Efficacy, Introductory Courses, Science Curriculum
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