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Perez, Tony; Dai, Ting; Kaplan, Avi; Cromley, Jennifer G.; Brooks, Wanda D.; White, Arianna C.; Mara, Kyle R.; Balsai, Michael J. – Grantee Submission, 2019
Expectancy-value theory highlights the roles of students' expectancies, task values, and perceived costs in their motivation and achievement. While ample research has highlighted the positive associations of expectancy beliefs and task values with academic achievement, research on students' perceived costs is in its infancy. We investigated the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Biology, Science Achievement, Beliefs
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Lin, Yi-Chun; Liang, Jyh-Chong; Tsai, Chin-Chung – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2012
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between students' epistemic beliefs in biology and their approaches to learning biology. To this end, two instruments, the epistemic beliefs in biology and the approaches to learning biology surveys, were developed and administered to 520 university biology students, respectively. By and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Majors (Students), College Students, Biology
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Killough, Joy K.; Stuessy, Carol L. – School Science and Mathematics, 2019
Can participation in a 4-day workshop change science teachers' beliefs about reformed science teaching? We observe a significant difference between pre- and post-workshop surveys and explore an unexpected relationship involving teaching experience. Results of this exploratory study indicate a significant correlation between high school science…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Attitude Change, Science Teachers, Teacher Workshops
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Hevedanli, Murat – Educational Research and Reviews, 2015
The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of the web-aided cooperative learning environment on biology preservice teachers' motivation and on their self-efficacy beliefs in biology teaching. The study was carried out with 30 biology preservice teachers attending a state university in Turkey. In the study, the pretest-posttest…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Influence of Technology, Web Based Instruction, Educational Environment
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Donovan, Brian M. – Science Education, 2015
Even though human racial difference has been a longstanding topic of the school biology curriculum, there is little evidence that contemporary biology textbooks challenge stereotypical racial beliefs that are based in biological thinking. Rather, the modern biology curriculum may be a place where such beliefs about race are perpetuated…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Textbooks, Textbook Content
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Fonseca, Maria Joao; Costa, Patricio; Lencastre, Leonor; Tavares, Fernando – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2012
Teachers have been shown to frequently avoid addressing biotechnology topics. Aiming to understand the extent to which teachers' scarce engagement in biotechnology teaching is influenced by their beliefs and/or by extrinsic constraints, such as practical limitations, this study evaluates biology teachers' beliefs about biotechnology and…
Descriptors: Program Design, Biotechnology, Biology, Secondary School Teachers
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Lampley, Sandra A.; Gardner, Grant E.; Barlow, Angela T. – Teaching in Higher Education, 2018
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) are responsible for teaching the majority of biology undergraduate laboratory sections, although many feel underprepared to do so. This study explored the impact of biology GTA participation in a professional development model known as lesson study. Using a case study methodology with multiple qualitative data…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students, Lesson Plans, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Kremer, Kerstin; Specht, Christiane; Urhahne, Detlef; Mayer, Jürgen – Journal of Biological Education, 2014
Informed understandings of nature of science and scientific inquiry are generally accepted goals of biology education. This article points out central features of scientific inquiry with relation to biology and the nature of science in general terms and focuses on the relationship of students' inquiry skills in biology and their beliefs on the…
Descriptors: Biology, Scientific Principles, Inquiry, Beliefs
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Schneider, Christoph; Pakzad, Ursula; Schlüter, Kisten – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2013
Teachers' pedagogical beliefs are thought to play a prominent role in determining teacher behavior. In contrast to other professions, pedagogical beliefs of teachers and students in teacher education are widely influenced by personal experiences gained in school, which has been referred to as "apprenticeship of observation" (Lortie,…
Descriptors: Student Teacher Attitudes, Biology, Science Education, Science Teachers
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Topcu, Mustafa Sami – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
The purposes of the study were to assess preservice teachers' domain-specific epistemological beliefs and to investigate whether preservice teachers distinguish disciplinary differences (physics, chemistry, and biology) in domain-specific epistemological beliefs. Mixed-method research design guided the present research. The researcher explored…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Epistemology, Beliefs, Physics
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Lee, Silvia Wen-Yu; Liang, Jyh-Chong; Tsai, Chin-Chung – International Journal of Science Education, 2016
This study investigated the relationships among college students' epistemic beliefs in biology (EBB), conceptions of learning biology (COLB), and strategies of learning biology (SLB). EBB includes four dimensions, namely "multiple-source," "uncertainty," "development," and "justification." COLB is further…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Biology, Science Instruction, Science Education
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Köseoglu, Pinar; Köksal, Mustafa Serdar – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to investigate epistemological predictors of nature of science understandings of 281 prospective biology teachers surveyed using the Epistemological Beliefs Scale Regarding Science and the Nature of Science Scale. The findings on multiple linear regression showed that understandings about definition of science and…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Scientific Principles, Science Teachers, Biology
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Mavrikaki, Evangelia; Athanasiou, Kyriacos – EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2011
The self-efficacy beliefs of in-service elementary school teachers in Greece were examined in an attempt to evaluate their biology teaching skills. For this purpose, we constructed a valid and reliable instrument consisting of a Likert-type questionnaire that was distributed to the target population and to which 202 teachers responded. Results…
Descriptors: Biology, Foreign Countries, Teaching Skills, Teaching Experience
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Uitto, Anna – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2014
The aim of the study was to discover the contribution of students' interest in school biology, as well as their self-efficacy and attitudes towards different science subjects and mathematics when explaining students' orientation towards biology-related careers at upper-secondary school. The data of 321 K-11 students (49% women) were…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Student Interests, Biology, Self Efficacy
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Kurt, Hakan – Education, 2014
The aim of this study is to evaluate biology teachers' attitudes and belief levels on classroom control in terms of teachers' sense of efficacy. The screening model was used in the study. The study group was comprised of 135 biology teachers. In this study, Teachers' Sense of Efficacy Scale (TSES) and The Attitudes and Beliefs on Classroom Control…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Biology, Teacher Attitudes, Self Efficacy
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