Examination of the Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Prospective Chemistry Teachers in terms of Different Variables (The Sample of Dokuz Eylul University)*

This research was conducted to adapt the chemistry self efficacy belief (CSEB) scale using Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFI) and to examine pre service teachers' CSEB in terms of some demographic features. This descriptive study was carried out Dokuz Eylul University in 2008-2010 academic years. Firstly, for validity and reliability, the scale was administered to 123 prospective chemistry teachers. In order to determine CSEB according to some variables which are gender, class level, type of high school, and giving lecture, the scale was implemented 116 prospective chemistry teachers. LISREL 8,71 and SPSS statistical programs were utilized to analyze the collected data. It was confirmed whether CSEB scale has two factors or not by calculating fit indexes. Independent and ANOVA t-tests were used to outline if there was a significant difference between self efficacies of prospective teachers according to gender, class level, type of high school and giving lecture. The results of confirmatory factor analysis showed that fit indexes values were found high and verified structure of the scale with two factors. According to the results of second research question, there was no significant difference between gender and class levels, but there was a significant difference between type of high school in favor of Anatolian teacher high school. Key Words. Self-efficacy, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Prospective Teacher, Demographic Features.

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