Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorCarroll, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorMcCauley, Veronica
dc.contributor.authorGrenon, Muriel
dc.identifier.citationCarroll, Sarah , McCauley, Veronica , & Grenon, Muriel (2018). Investigating the effect of scientist demonstrators on primary children’s science self-efficacy. Paper presented at the International Conference New perspectives in Science Education, Florence, Italy, 22-23 March.en_IE
dc.description.abstractEmergent in the literature is the need to increase levels of student engagement in science, with informal science education (ISE) playing a fundamental role. Whilst children find science to be interesting and important to society, children can view science as difficult and not ‘for them’, which can be interpreted as having low Science Self-Efficacy (SSE). SSE is the self-belief an individual has in their own abilities to perform scientific tasks successfully in a given context. There is currently limited extant SSE research focusing on primary school children. Furthermore, children’s SSE has not yet been explored in the Irish context, nor has the influence of scientists on SSE been investigated. Due to the recent rise in ISE initiatives aiming to increase children’s science aspirations, it is necessary to inform providers of informal science education of best practices regarding their influence on children’s SSE. This work describes the design and validation of a novel questionnaire developed to measure 10 to 13 years old children’s SSE beliefs and their sources in the Irish primary school context, including a measurement of perceived scientist demonstrator credibility and competence.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work is supported by the College of Science and University Foundation at the National University of Ireland Galway.en_IE
dc.publisherInternational Conference New perspectives in Science Education, Edition 7en_IE
dc.relation.ispartofInvestigating the effect of scientist demonstrators on primary children s science self-efficacyen
dc.subjectscience self-efficacyen_IE
dc.subjectinformal science educationen_IE
dc.subjectprimary science educationen_IE
dc.titleInvestigating the effect of scientist demonstrators on primary children's science self-efficacyen_IE
dc.typeConference Paperen_IE
dc.contributor.funderGalway University Foundationen_IE
dc.contributor.funderCollege of Science, National University of Ireland Galwayen_IE
dc.local.contactVeronica Mccauley, Education Department, Nui, Galway. 5260 Email:

Files in this item

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. Please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.

The following license files are associated with this item:


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record