Journal of Elementary Science Education

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 39–59 | Cite as

Images of self-confidence and the change-of-career prospective elementary science teacher

  • Gerry Bohning
  • Lorraine Hale


Research studies have reported an overall positive change of attitude toward teaching science after prospective elementary teachers complete a science methods course. The studies also reveal an absence of a description of the attitude change from the individual participant's point of view. It was the purpose of this three-year qualitative study to generate a framework of categories to describe perspective teachers' change of attitude toward teaching science over the term of a science methods course. Participants were graduate change-of-career prospective elementary science teachers. Sources of narrative data were participants' science journal entries and post-lesson plan comments.


Teaching Science Nature Ofscience Attitude Change Science Method Prospective Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerry Bohning
    • 1
  • Lorraine Hale
    • 2
  1. 1.Adrian Dominican School of EducationBarry UniversityMiami
  2. 2.Presentation CollegeAberdeen

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