Dr. William Gerace and his colleagues in the Physics Education Research Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Self-efficacy Intervention to Improve STEM Performance.” This award funds a research project to design, develop, test, and document a practical self-efficacy intervention to improve students’ self-efficacy and academic performance in STEM courses. Research shows that student self-efficacy, or a student’s belief about their ability to be successful in a specific domain, is strongly related to academic success. The SIISP project, Self-efficacy Intervention to Improve STEM Performance, will seek to improve students’ sense of STEM self-efficacy by creating an intervention which focuses on internal attributions and growth mindset. With research locations at UNCG and NC A&T State University, this three-year research project will design and test an intervention with the goal of providing a practical tool for STEM faculty to use to positively effect student self-efficacy and academic performance.
The principal investigators are:
- Dr. William Gerace (PI), Helena Gabriel Houston Distinguished Professor for Science Education, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Dr. Ian Beatty(Co-PI), associate professor, Physics Education Research, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Dr. Michael Kane (Co-PI), professor, Department of Psychology
- Dr. Stephanie Carrino (Co-PI), research associate, Physics Education Research Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy