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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Rachel Freed, David McKinnon, Michael Fitzgerald, and Christina M. Norris
This paper presents a new astronomy self-efficacy instrument, composed of two factors; one relating to learning astronomy content, which we call astronomy personal self-efficacy, and the other relating to the use of astronomical instrumentation, specifically the use of remote robotic telescopes for data collection. The latter is referred to as the astronomy instrumental self-efficacy factor. The instrument has been tested for reliability and construct validity. Reliability testing showed that factor 1 had a Cronbach's α of 0.901 and factor 2 had a Cronbach's α of 0.937. Construct validity was established by computing one-way analyses of variances, with the p value suitably protected, using independent variables peripherally related to the constructs. These analyses demonstrate that both scales possess high construct validity. The development of this astronomy specific instrument is an important step in evaluating self-efficacy as a precursor to investigating the construct of science identity in the field of astronomy.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 010117
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Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
= Education Research
- Cosmic Time and Distance
- Fundamentals
- Instrumentation
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
- Learning Environment
- Technology
= Computers
= Multimedia
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
= Self Assessment
- Research Design & Methodology
= Data
= Validity
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
= Skills
- Lower Undergraduate
- Assessment Material
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010117
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IUSE-2013300
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Astronomy REU, Astronomy efficacy, Astronomy identity
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Metadata instance created February 28, 2022 by Lyle Barbato
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R. Freed, D. McKinnon, M. Fitzgerald, and C. Norris, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010117 (2022), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010117).
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R. Freed, D. McKinnon, M. Fitzgerald, and C. Norris, Development and validation of an astronomy self-efficacy instrument for understanding and doing, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010117 (2022), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010117>.
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Freed, R., McKinnon, D., Fitzgerald, M., & Norris, C. (2022, February 28). Development and validation of an astronomy self-efficacy instrument for understanding and doing. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 18(1), 010117. Retrieved June 12, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010117
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Freed, R, D. McKinnon, M. Fitzgerald, and C. Norris. "Development and validation of an astronomy self-efficacy instrument for understanding and doing." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18, no. 1, (February 28, 2022): 010117, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010117 (accessed 12 June 2024).
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Freed, Rachel, David McKinnon, Michael Fitzgerald, and Christina M. Norris. "Development and validation of an astronomy self-efficacy instrument for understanding and doing." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18.1 (2022): 010117. 12 June 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010117>.
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