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Dr. William Gerace

Photo of Dr. William Gerace.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