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July 30-August 3, 2011
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A Qualitative Investigation of Opportunities to Influence Self-Efficacy
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 2:35 PM -2:45 PM
  Author: Vashti Sawtelle, Florida International University
  Co-Author(s): Eric Brewe , Renee Michelle Goertzen , Laird H Kramer
  Abstract: Considerable research has shown a connection between self-efficacy and success in science fields. The qualitative analysis we present in this talk focuses on the development of self-efficacy, and in particular on what types of activities provide opportunities for self-efficacy to develop. We focus this discussion on the qualitative analysis of three Modeling Instruction students in a single problem-solving session and the self-efficacy experience opportunities (SEOs) that were apparent in this session. After providing evidence that SEOs are abundant throughout the problem solving session, we also qualitatively analyze a post-hoc interview with one of the students from the session. The combination of these two sessions provides evidence that the opportunities to influence self-efficacy that we have characterized are in fact sometimes taken up by some students, and have a direct influence on their self-efficacy.
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