Preparing Science Undergraduates for a Teaching Career: Sources of Their Teacher Self-Efficacy

van Rooij, E. C. M., Fokkens-Bruinsma, M. & Goedhart, M., 18-Jun-2019, In : The Teacher Educator. 54, 3, p. 270-294 25 p.

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One of the causes of the science teacher shortage is the low enrollment in science teacher education. In the Netherlands, science undergraduates can enroll in a half-year teaching course that leads to a teacher qualification for junior secondary education. The goal is that these undergraduates continue in teacher education to obtain a full qualification. The present study investigated how self-efficacy was related to continuing in teacher education, and to commitment, perceived workload, and stress. Moreover, we investigated how mastery experiences, vicarious experiences, social persuasions, and emotional states influenced self-efficacy. Findings based on 69 science undergraduates showed that self-efficacy was positively related to commitment and negatively to workload and stress, but unrelated to continuing in teacher education. Mastery experiences and positive emotional states explained variance in self-efficacy. We call for more research that investigates all sources of self-efficacy and for more attention to preservice teachers’ emotional states in research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-294
Number of pages25
JournalThe Teacher Educator
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18-Jun-2019

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