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Jaipal-Jamani, Kamini; Angeli, Charoula – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
The current impetus for increasing STEM in K-12 education calls for an examination of how preservice teachers are being prepared to teach STEM. This paper reports on a study that examined elementary preservice teachers' (n = 21) self-efficacy, understanding of science concepts, and computational thinking as they engaged with robotics in a science…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Sackes, Mesut; Flevares, Lucia M.; Gonya, Jennifer; Trundle, Kathy Cabe – Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of an integrated science and mathematics methods course on preservice early childhood teachers' efficacy beliefs for integrating these content areas. Thirty-four preservice teachers participated in this study, which utilized a quasi-experimental design with two treatment groups. Participants in…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Children, Quasiexperimental Design, Methods Courses
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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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Clark, Jeffrey K.; Clark, Susan E.; Brey, Rebecca A. – Journal of School Health, 2014
Background: The effectiveness of health education methods courses for pre-service elementary teachers has not been assessed for improving the pre-service elementary teacher's self-efficacy for using the professional teacher standards in health education (PTSHE). Methods: A quasi-experimental design was used to assess pre-service elementary…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Health Education, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education
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Gresham, Gina – Teaching Education, 2008
This study investigated the relationship between mathematics anxiety and mathematics teacher efficacy among 156 elementary pre-service teachers from a university in the southeastern United States. Data sources included the Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale (MARS), Mathematics Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instrument, and pre-service teacher interviews.…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Rating Scales, Mathematics Teachers
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Goodson-Espy, Tracy; Cifarelli, Victor V.; Pugalee, David; Lynch-Davis, Kathleen; Morge, Shelby; Salinas, Tracie – School Science and Mathematics, 2014
This study explored how mathematics content and methods courses for preservice elementary and middle school teachers could be improved through the integration of a set of instructional materials based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). A set of eight instructional modules was developed and tested. The study involved 7…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Course Content, Mathematics Education, Program Improvement
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Swars, Susan Lee – Journal of Instructional Psychology, 2005
This study investigated perceptions of mathematics teaching effectiveness among elementary preservice teachers with high and low levels of mathematics teacher efficacy. Participants in this study included four elementary preservice teachers at a mid-sized university in the southeastern United States who had just completed a mathematics methods…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses
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Wagler, Ron; Moseley, Christine – Teacher Education and Practice, 2005
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a secondary content-specific methods course and student teaching on preservice teacher efficacy. The study employed a single-group pretest-posttest 1-posttest 2 design. The repeated-measures analysis of variance indicated no significant change in overall teacher efficacy from the…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Educational Strategies, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Teaching
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Gunning, Amanda M.; Mensah, Felicia Moore – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2011
This study examines the self-efficacy of one preservice elementary school teacher (Kasey) during and after her participation in Science in Childhood Education--a 16-week, elementary preservice science methods course. The case study of this teacher is situated in the context of the class as a whole. This is accomplished through interviewing the one…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Eckhoff, Angela – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
This article documents a collaborative project involving preservice early childhood education students' development of inquiry-based learning experiences alongside kindergarten students within a science methods course. To document this project, I utilized a multiple methods approach and data included classroom observations, transcripts from lesson…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Methods Courses
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Cartwright, Tina J.; Atwood, Jon – International Journal of Science Education, 2014
Response-shift bias occurs when participants' initial constructs, such as self-efficacy in teaching science, are incomplete because they do not fully conceptualize something they have yet to experience. This study examines whether elementary pre-service teachers can consistently evaluate constructs such as self-efficacy and attitudes toward…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Kazempour, Mahsa – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2014
The case study reported in this paper is part of a larger multiple cross case analysis focusing on pre-service teachers with various initial confidence and attitudes toward science and science teaching. In this paper, the focus will be on one elementary teacher candidate, Lisa, who began the science methods course with a negative attitude and low…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy
Naidoo, Kara – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Elementary teachers are criticized for failing to incorporate meaningful science instruction in their classrooms or avoiding science instruction altogether. The lack of adequate science instruction in elementary schools is partially attributed to teacher candidates' anxiety, poor content and pedagogical preparation, and low science teaching…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Science Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education
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Shaw, Donita Massengill; Dvorak, Marcia J.; Bates, Karen – Reading Research and Instruction, 2007
The purpose of this study was to identify the literacy knowledge, beliefs and self-efficacy of 52 undergraduate elementary pre-service teachers prior to and at the conclusion of a reading methods course. The teacher candidates completed the Theoretical Orientation to Reading Profile (TORP, DeFord, 1985), the Teacher Self Efficacy Literacy Scale…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Self Efficacy
Densmore-James, Susan – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this experimental study was two-fold. The first purpose was to explore the levels of self-efficacy of pre-service teachers regarding their own reading and writing processes and their abilities to be effective literacy leaders. The second purpose was to implement two different interventions in literacy instruction for pre-service…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Literacy Education, Intervention, Beginning Reading
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