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Ainscough, Louise; Foulis, Eden; Colthorpe, Kay; Zimbardi, Kirsten; Robertson-Dean, Melanie; Chunduri, Prasad; Lluka, Lesley – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Academic self-efficacy encompasses judgments regarding one's ability to perform academic tasks and is correlated with achievement and persistence. This study describes changes in biology self-efficacy during a first-year course. Students (n = 614) were given the Biology Self-Efficacy Scale at the beginning and end of the semester. The instrument…
Descriptors: Biology, Self Efficacy, College Freshmen, Attitude Change
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Kendall, K. Denise; Schussler, Elisabeth E. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2012
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) are used extensively as instructors in higher education, yet their status and authority as teachers may be unclear to undergraduates, to administrators, and even to the GTAs themselves. This study explored undergraduate perception of classroom instruction by GTAs and professors to identify factors unique to each…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students
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Matthews, Kelly E.; Adams, Peter; Goos, Merrilyn – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2010
Modern biological sciences require practitioners to have increasing levels of knowledge, competence, and skills in mathematics and programming. A recent review of the science curriculum at the University of Queensland, a large, research-intensive institution in Australia, resulted in the development of a more quantitatively rigorous undergraduate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Study, Introductory Courses, Science Curriculum