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An analysis of efficacy beliefs, epistemological beliefs and attitudes towards science in preservice elementary science teachers and secondary science teachers

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2007
Sünger, Mustafa
The purpose of the study was to analyze preservice science teachers at elementary science teaching and secondary science teaching with respect to their self efficacy beliefs, epistemological beliefs, and attitudes towards science teaching. Preservice elementary science teachers and preservice secondary science teachers who enrolled in Middle East Technical University in Ankara were the sample of this study. Participants of this study were third grade of preservice elementary science teachers and preservice secondary science teachers. The instruments which are, efficacy beliefs, epistemological beliefs, and attitudes towards science, were utilized this study. v The analysis indicated that moderately positive self efficacy beliefs, epistemological beliefs and attitudes towards science teaching were expressed by most of the preservice elementary and secondary science teachers regarding science teaching. Moreover, preservice elementary and secondary science teachers believe that effective teaching can influence their teaching abilities and students' learning. Furthermore, many preservice elementary and secondary science teachers express a positive attitude toward science teaching. The analysis indicated that there is a relationship between self efficacy beliefs and attitudes towards science teaching in preservice secondary science teachers, and there is another relationship between epistemological beliefs and attitudes towards science teaching in preservice elementary science teachers.