The TBEST questionnaire was developed as part of two research studies conducted by HRI: Assessing the Impact of the MSPs: K–8 Science (AIM, DUE-0928177) Assessing Teacher Learning About Science Teaching (ATLAST, DUE-0335328). The purpose of the TBEST is to investigate teacher beliefs as both a dependent variable (an outcome of professional development) and as an independent variable (a predictor of classroom practice and student learning).
The TBEST is based on research on learning summarized in the National Research Council’s volumes How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School (2000) and How Students Learn: Science in the Classroom (2005). There are 21 items on the questionnaire, all of which are answered using a six-point agreement scale.
The questionnaire, as well as a user manual detailing information about the questionnaire’s research base, development process, validity and reliability, and use, can be found below.