Journal of Elementary Science Education

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 26–34 | Cite as

Enhancing science teaching self-efficacy in preservice elementary teachers

  • Linda Ramey-Gassert
  • M. Gail Shroyer


Many studies have defined science anxiety, attitude toward science and low science teaching self-efficacy. This paper attempts to show the interrelatedness of these traits, and using the construct of personal self-efficacy as a foundation, describe methods for building science teaching confidence in preservice teachers. Teaching self-efficacy beliefs refers to teachers' confidence in their own teaching abilities which is reflected in their teaching behaviors. To improve the ability, effectiveness and feelings of success in elementary teachers, science educators need to include strategies to improve attitudes toward science and increase teaching self-efficacy in teacher preparation courses.


Preservice Teacher Elementary Teacher Preservice Elementary Teacher Teaching Behavior Teacher Efficacy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Ramey-Gassert
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Gail Shroyer
    • 3
  1. 1.doctoral candidate in science education at Kansas State UniversityManhattan
  2. 2.Coordinator of the Collaborative Outreach Education Program at the Chicago Botanic GardenGlencoe
  3. 3.Kansas State UniversityManhattan

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