The Role of Science Teachers’ Beliefs in International Classrooms

From Teacher Actions to Student Learning

  • Robert Evans
  • Julie Luft
  • Charlene Czerniak
  • Celestine Pea

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ron Blonder, Naama Benny, M. Gail Jones
      Pages 3-15
  3. Orientations Towards Beliefs Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Robert H. Evans
      Pages 35-48
    3. Andrew Lumpe, Amy Vaughn, Robin Henrikson, Dan Bishop
      Pages 49-63
    4. P. Sean Smith, Adrienne A. Smith, Eric R. Banilower
      Pages 81-102
    5. Gail Shroyer, Iris Riggs, Larry Enochs
      Pages 103-118
  4. Policy and Beliefs Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Celestine H. Pea
      Pages 121-133
    3. Julie A. Luft, Sissy S. Wong
      Pages 135-147
  5. Beliefs Research and Teachers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Sarah Elizabeth Barrett
      Pages 151-164
    3. Vanashri Nargrund-Joshi, Meredith Park Rogers, Heidi Wiebke
      Pages 165-177
    4. Ángel Vázquez-Alonso, María-Antonia Manassero-Mas
      Pages 191-206
    5. James J. Watters
      Pages 207-225
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-230

About this book


This book provides science teacher educators and science educational researchers with a current overview on the roles of beliefs in science education settings. There are four focal areas in the book: an overview of this field of research, lines of research, implications for policy, and implications for educators. Within each of these areas there are specific explorations that examine important areas such as, the roles of beliefs in teaching and learning, the impact of beliefs on student achievement, and ways in which beliefs are connected to teacher actions in the classroom. Throughout all of these discussions, there is a focus on international perspectives. Those reading this book can use the research presented to consider how to confront, challenge, and cultivate beliefs during the teacher professional development process.


Beliefs Professional development Science education Self-efficacy Teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Evans
    • 1
  • Julie Luft
    • 2
  • Charlene Czerniak
    • 3
  • Celestine Pea
    • 4
  1. 1.University of CopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.University of GeorgiaUSA
  3. 3.University of ToledoUSA
  4. 4.National Science FoundationArlingtonUSA

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