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Tuesday, November 10 • 2:35pm - 3:45pm
Engaging Elementary Education Majors in STEM: Investigations Impact Science Teaching Efficacy

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Science teacher efficacy for elementary education majors tends to be low, impacting their ability to perceive themselves teaching science. Science methods courses for elementary education majors need to address this issue in order for students to fully realize their potential as effective science teachers. This hands-on workshop models open-ended, challenge-type science investigations, used in a science methods course. The investigations are designed to engage elementary education majors in learning and doing science while reflecting on their beliefs about science and being science teachers. Evidence from course assessments show that components of students’ science teacher efficacy were positively impacted following participation in the investigations. Workshop participants will reflect on the concept of science teacher efficacy and how it determines what and how science is taught, experience engaging science investigations, and reflect on the relevancy of the experience to their own practice.


Frank Giuliano

Professor, Chemical and Physical Science Department, Westfield State University

Tarin H. Weiss

Associate Professor, Chemical and Physical Science Department, Westfield State University

Tuesday November 10, 2015 2:35pm - 3:45pm
Location TBD