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ERIC Number: EJ915572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6803
Turkish Preservice Primary School Teachers' Science Teaching Efficacy Beliefs and Attitudes toward Science: The Effect of a Primary Teacher Education Program
Bayraktar, Sule
School Science and Mathematics, v111 n3 p83-92 Mar 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 teachers' attitudes toward science. Data were collected by administering the "Science Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instrument" and "Attitudes toward Science Scale" to 282 preservice primary teachers (147 freshmen, 135 seniors). Statistical techniques such as means and t-test were used to analyze the data. Results of the study showed that the primary teacher education program has a medium positive effect on science teaching efficacy beliefs of the primary preservice teachers (t = 4.791, p = 0.000) and that there were no gender differences in terms of efficacy beliefs. Results also indicated that preservice primary teachers' attitudes toward science were moderately positive and differ by class level. Fourth-year preservice teachers' attitudes toward science were found to be significantly more positive than the first years (t = 5.494, p = 0.000). There were no gender differences in attitudes toward science. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey