Development of an instrument : mentoring for effective primary science teaching (MEPST)

Hudson, Peter B., Skamp, Keith, & Brooks, Lyndon (2005) Development of an instrument : mentoring for effective primary science teaching (MEPST). Science Education, 89(4), pp. 657-674.

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Perceptions of mentors' practices related to primary science teaching from nine Australian universities (n=331 final year preservice teachers) were gathered through a literature-based instrument. Five factors that characterise effective mentoring practices in primary science teaching were supported by confirmatory factory analysis. These factors, namely, personal attributes, system requirements, pedagogical knowledge, modelling, and feedback had Cronbach alpha coefficients of internal consistency reliability of .93, .76, .94, .95, and .92 respectively. Final model fit indices were x2=1335, df=513, CMIDF=2.60, IFI=.922, CFI=.921, RMR=.066, RMSEA=.070 (p<.001). Specific mentoring interventions for improving primary science teaching practices may be implemented by measuring preservice teachers’ perceptions of their mentoring with a valid and reliable instrument.

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ID Code: 8820
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mentoring, primary science, elementary science, survey, instrument, preservice teachers
DOI: 10.1002/sce.20025
ISSN: 0036-8326
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons
Copyright Statement: The definite version is available on publication at
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2016 02:08

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