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Teaching Efficacy: Exploring Relationships between Mathematics and Science Self-Efficacy Beliefs, PCK and Domain Knowledge among Preservice Teachers from the United States
This study explored the relationships among preservice teachers’ mathematics and science teaching efficacy beliefs, their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and their domain knowledge (DK). It was found that participants’ PCK and efficacy beliefs correlate to a high degree and influence each other. Furthermore, the results indicated that participants’ mathematics and science DK did not predict their teaching efficacy beliefs, however, their mathematics and science overall PCK score predicted participants’ efficacy beliefs, more exactly, their outcome expectancies. Furthermore, the findings show that elementary preservice teachers’ previous efficacy beliefs are more likely to predict their future efficacy beliefs than their mastery of DK and PCK.
Updated: Dec. 12, 2018
This article argues that physical scientists are attempting to advance knowledge in the so-called hard sciences, whereas education researchers are laboring to increase knowledge and understanding in an “extremely hard” but softer domain. The author suggests that given the highly contextualized nature of educational processes, embedded in shifting complex social settings, and the relevance of all variables, very little education research is able to pursue predictive power.
Updated: Jul. 23, 2014
In this article, the author argued that the democratic promise of a just and equitable society embodied in the reforms is important; yet the particular principles about school knowledge historically classify and order reflection and action to shape and fashion what is possible and “reasonable” for participation. The notion of alchemy directed attention to the principles that translate and order what is taught. In this sense, the very system of reason that organizes school subjects is the political of schooling.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2012
Elementary Students’ Scientific Epistemological Beliefs in Relation to Socio-Economic Status and Gender
The current study explored students’ scientific epistemological beliefs in relation to socio-economic status (SES) and gender. Eight grade Turkish elementary school students participated in the study. The analysis indicated that students with a working mother and educated parents as well as greater number of books at home together with a separate study room are more likely to have tentative views and less likely to have fixed views about science compared to students with unemployed mother, uneducated parents, less books at home, and no separate study room.
Updated: May. 19, 2011
Essential Characteristics for a Professional Development Program for Promoting the Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Science Module
The purpose of this study was to theoretically and empirically identify essential characteristics for a professional development program that promotes the acquisition of teachers’ competences involved in the implementation of an ASMaT module. A 3-step approach was used to identify the essential characteristics: (1) evidence produced in the classroom settings of the schools; (2) specific curriculum features of the ASMaT subject were taken into account; and (3) evidence generated by curriculum implementation literature pertaining to effective characteristics of implementing an innovation. Five characteristics were identified as essential characteristics that should be incorporated into a professional development program.
Updated: May. 10, 2011
This article reports on a collaborative research study regarding the practice and impacts of assessment for learning in science, geography and history classes. Three secondary teachers and two university researchers participated in the study. The research provides insights into how teachers and researchers can collaborate to develop a research and practice agenda.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2010
The purpose of the study was to examine relationships between 10th-grade science proficiency and school context factors related to school environment, courses, and teachers. The moderating or interaction effects were examined for the school demographic composition variables of free/reduced lunch and minority percentages on variable relationships with science proficiency scores. This study suggests that teacher quality in high poverty, majority-minority school settings remains an important policy target for reform and improvement.
Updated: May. 30, 2010
This study examines the relationships among school composition, several aspects of school and classroom context, and students’ literacy skills in science. School composition is also associated with the extent to which school systems are segregated “horizontally,” based on the distribution among schools of students from differing SES backgrounds, or “vertically,” due mainly to mechanisms that select students into different types of schools. The findings have implications for educational policy that concern the differential allocation of human and material resources and the stratification of students into different types of schools and school programs.
Updated: May. 26, 2010
This descriptive study examined urban elementary school teachers’ perceptions of their science content knowledge, science teaching practices, and support for language development of English language learners. The study also examined teachers’ perceptions of organizational supports and barriers associated with teaching science to nonmainstream students. 221 third- through fifth-grade teachers from 15 urban elementary schools in a large school district participated in this study.
Updated: Jul. 08, 2009
Student teachers have difficulty planning lessons that fully integrate social justice with mathematics/science content. The study was a content analysis of 26 poster presentations of mathematics or science lessons incorporating social justice issues made by student teachers at a mid-sized college in central New York State.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2009