CONNECTING TEACHING BELIEFS AND PRACTICES IN POST-SECONDARY GEOSCIENCE CLASSROOMS
A variety of research methods have been used to identify and describe teachers’ beliefs regarding their instructional practices, student learning outcomes, and relationship with professional development opportunities. I will describe efforts used to capture teaching beliefs using the TBI (Teacher Beliefs Interview; Luft and Roehrig, 2007) and STEBI (Science Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instrument; Enoch and Riggs, 1990) with geoscience faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and pre-service elementary teachers. I will highlight an examination of the science teaching beliefs of pre-service elementary teachers’ efficacy beliefs, and how they change over the course of a semester while taking an Earth Science course designed for future teachers (n = 300). Each set of participants brings a unique set of considerations and challenges for the researcher, which leads to the exploration of tools from other research communities to supplement those which are already used to answer GER questions.