CHAPTER 35

Science Teacher Attitudes and Beliefs

M. Gail JonesGlenda Carter

North Carolina State University

When Janice, a biology teacher, enters the classroom each day, her beliefs and attitudes about science, science learning, and science teaching influence virtually every aspect of her job, including lesson planning; teaching; assessment; interactions with peers, parents, and students; as well as her professional development and the ways she will implement reform. Although this influence is not necessarily linear or obvious, attitudes and beliefs play significant roles in shaping teachers’ instructional practices.

This chapter examines the complex constructs of science teacher beliefs and attitudes and how beliefs and attitudes influence ...

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