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PST2C43:

Increasing Confidence by Characterizing Self-Efficacy Experience Opportunities
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 5:15 PM -6:00 PM
  Author: Vashti Sawtelle, Florida International University
305-968-9311, vashti.sawtelle@gmail.com
  Co-Author(s): Eric Brewe , Renee Michelle Goertzen , Laird H Kramer
  Abstract: We present the analysis of a qualitative investigation of three women from a Modeling Instruction (MI) classroom completing a problem-solving task as a discussion of self-efficacy experience opportunities (SEOs). Self-efficacy, or confidence in one's own ability to perform a task, has been shown to strongly correlate with persistence and success in science fields. At Florida International University, we have demonstrated that the MI class has a positive impact on introductory students' physics self-efficacy. To further investigate this development, we focus on one of the key elements of the MI classroom: modeling physical phenomena. This presentation will focus on characterizing SEOs and linking them to the development of self-efficacy as well as the Modeling process. Further, we believe this analysis provides a partial explanation for how the MI classroom positively impacts self-efficacy.
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