International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education

A Study on Science Teaching Efficacy Beliefs During Pre-Service Elementary Training

Author Biography

Claudio Fazio

Claudio Fazio, PhD, is associate professor in Physics Education and History of Physics at the University of Palermo, Italy. He leads the University of Palermo Physics Education Research Group and is member of the GIREP (International Research Group in Physics Education) Board. His research interests are currently focused on the study of the effects of active learning strategies on the development of students’ critical cognitive skills, on the use of laboratory and simulation environments in Physics Education, and on the development and use of quantitative analysis methods to study the effects of Teaching/Learning sequences on students’ conceptual understanding and on the development of cognitive skills and scientific attitude.

Benedetto Di Paola

Benedetto Di Paola, PhD, is assistant professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Palermo, Italy. His main research interests deal with the analysis of didactic and epistemological obstacles in the transition from arithmetic to algebraic language, with an historical /epistemological and cultural approach, and with the implementation of quantitative and qualitative methods studying teaching/learning processes at all schooling levels.

Onofrio Rosario Battaglia

Onofrio Rosario Battaglia, PhD, graduated at the University of Palermo, Italy, with a master degree in Electronic Engineering and successively he earned a PhD in Physics Education. He is assistant professor in Physics Education at the University of Palermo, Italy, where he teaches General Physics and Physics Education. His research activity is in the field of Physics Education, with particular reference to the use of laboratory and simulation in Physics Education and to the development and use of quantitative analysis methods for educational research.