The Impact of Science-Fiction Movies on the Self- Efficacy Perceptions of Their Science Literacy of Science Teacher Candidates


DOI: 10.12738/estp.2017.5.0058  OnlineFirst published on August 9, 2017


This study aims to determine the impact of science-fiction movies on science teacher candidates’ selfefficacy perceptions of their scientific literacy. A mixed methodology was used in the study, which was conducted in the classes of Natural Sciences and Society with a total of 20 second-year teacher candidates from the department of primary education science teaching at a public university in Istanbul during the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year, over five weeks; 10 science-fiction movies were watched by these students in this period. Data were collected using a survey designed to capture self-efficacy perception of scientific and technological literacy that was composed of a 33-item instrument, with a 5-point Likert scale for responses to each item, and seven interview questions. The research data were assessed using the t-test for dependent samples, the descriptive statistics technique found in SPSS, and the descriptive analysis method, a qualitative method. The results show that science-fiction movies had a positive impact on the teacher candidates’ self-efficacy perceptions of their scientific literacy. Furthermore, teacher candidates rated themselves “moderately capable” in 17 items in response to the survey instrument in the pre-implementation period, but this figure decreased to five following the implementation period.

Science-fiction movie, Science teacher candidate, Scientific literacy, Self-efficacy perception, Self-efficacy perception of scientific literacy

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