Association between pre-service science teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs and their confidence in physics content


  • Paul Molefe Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
  • Mmushetji Rankhumise Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
  • Olivia Neo Mafa-Theledi Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa



Belief, confidence, pre-service teachers, curriculum


This exploratory study examined the relationship between the knowledge of selected physics concepts from the South African National Senior Certificate curriculum and the self-efficacy beliefs of preservice science teachers. Forty-one preservice physical science teachers between the ages of 16 and 30 enrolled in a higher education institution to earn a Bachelor of Education degree made up the participants. Of these, 56.1% were female and 43.9% were male. Every respondent was a recent high school graduate from South Africa enrolled in a second-year university course on basic physical science. The preservice teachers completed the Science Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (STEBI-B) and a teaching confidence ranking scale. A confidence ranking for teaching topics from a typical high school science curriculum was determined by analyzing the data. According to the data analysis, preservice teachers are confident and self-sufficient enough to teach science concepts.


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Molefe, P. ., Rankhumise, M. P., & Mafa-Theledi, O. N. (2024). Association between pre-service science teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs and their confidence in physics content. Journal of Science and Education (JSE), 4(2), 136-148.