Capturing Science Teachers’ Epistemological Beliefs: The Development of the Teacher Beliefs Interview

  • Julie A. Luft
  • Gillian H. Roehrig
Keywords: Teachers, Beliefs, Epistemological Beliefs, Education


For the last five years we have used a semi-structured interview, which we refer to as the Teacher Beliefs Interview, to explore the beliefs of beginning secondary science teachers who were involved in different induction programs. Our initial questions focused on teacher epistemologies and probed the beliefs of beginning and experienced teachers, while our process of interviewing utilized methods common in qualitative research. In reviewing and refining our interview process, we developed maps that allowed us to describe and define various beliefs held by pre-service, beginning/induction, and experienced science teachers. Our current Teacher Beliefs Interview is based upon the analysis of semi-structured interviews with over 100 pre-service, induction, and inservice science teachers. Ultimately, these maps have allowed us to track the development of science teachers, while providing feedback regarding the effectiveness of our pre-service and induction programs.

Author Biographies

Julie A. Luft
Arizona State University
Gillian H. Roehrig
University of Minnesota