Examining the metropolitan and non-metropolitan educational divide: Science teaching efficacy beliefs and teaching practices of Australian primary science educators

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Abstract

The provision of quality science education is a global priority beset by longstanding challenges, which can be amplified in rural and regional contexts. This creates a dual problem where stakeholders must focus on the improvement of science education outcomes whilst being cognisant of the established divided between metropolitan and non-metropolitan learners. Considering the recent positive TIMSS results which showed equitable science results for regional, remote and metropolitan Australian year 4 students, this paper aims
to examine the relationship between primary teachers’ school location and their science teaching efficacy beliefs and reported science teaching practices. A total of 206 Australian primary science educators responded to a cross sectional quantitative survey. Descriptive statistics, analysis of variance (ANOVA) and chi-square analyses found no statistically significant differences between metropolitan and non-metropolitan teachers on measures of science teaching efficacy beliefs and reported science teaching approaches. This apparent contradiction of established research themes merits deeper school and student focused research to understand the practical implications that could arise from these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-917
Number of pages29
JournalResearch in Science Education
Volume53
Issue number5
Early online dateMay 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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