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Advisory Committee Chair

Jennifer Ponder

Advisory Committee Members

Loretta Donovan

Kelly Hill

Grace Jepkemboi

Lynn Kirkland

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) School of Education


This study utilized constructivist grounded theory to examine teacher candidates’ STEM confidence, preparedness, and self-efficacy before and after participation in an elementary STEM methods course. The study aimed to identify characteristics of the course that impacted teacher candidates’ growth. Twenty teacher candidates and the course instructor consented to participate in the study. Course artifacts and interview transcripts were analyzed using the constant comparative method and themes were identified. Data analysis revealed teacher candidates’ STEM confidence, preparedness, and self-efficacy to be positively impacted by participation in an integrated STEM methods course. The three main themes are: the Intersections of Theory, Constructed Experiences, and Practice, Assessment for Learning, and Instructor Intentions and Mindset.

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