Pictures in science use special graphical conventions, visualize a large amount of data points or variables. They are omnipresent in science communication – usually combined with texts. Therefore, working competently with these pictures is indispensable, but is insufficiently learned during the school career. This study examined the effect of a self-efficacy belief regarding working with subject-specific, complex pictures on test performance. For this, N = 205 undergraduate students of biology worked on 2 biology tasks based on German Abitur exams, whereby the test material varied between groups. Multiple regression analyses showed a statistically significant positive effect of the self-efficacy belief on test performance for the task with subject-specific, complex pictures, which was moderated by the requirements of the test material. Implications for teaching biology are discussed.
Translated title of the contributionProcessing subject-specific, complex pictures – (also) a question of one’s belief
Original languageGerman
JournalPsychologie in Erziehung und Unterricht
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 11.2021
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    Research areas

  • Domain-specific learning in kindergarten and school - Self-efficacy, complex representations, science communication, test performance, secondary education

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