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ERIC Number: ED010990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 17
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THE USE OF INSERVICE PROGRAMS TO DIAGNOSE SOURCES OF RESISTANCE TO INNOVATION.
HURD, PAUL DEHART; ROWE, MARY BUDD
FACTORS RELATED TO RESISTANCE TO INNOVATION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE CURRICULUM WERE IDENTIFIED THROUGH THE EVALUATION OF AN INSERVICE EDUCATION PROGRAM. THE SAMPLE WAS COMPOSED OF 290 ELEMENTARY TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS WITH VARIED MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE BACKGROUNDS, TEACHING EXPERIENCE, AND TEACHING OR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSIGNMENTS. TWICE DURING THE YEAR, THE TEACHERS ATTENDED THREE, 3-HOUR LESSONS IN AN ELEMENTARY SCIENCE INSERVICE PROGRAM. INTEREST AND UTILITY SCALES WERE ADMINISTERED AFTER EACH LESSON AND QUESTIONNAIRES WERE ADMINISTERED AFTER EACH OF THE TWO MAJOR SESSIONS. ALL TEACHERS INDICATED INTEREST IN THE PROGRAM. TEACHERS WITH 16 TO 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WERE NOT AS INTERESTED, NOR DID THEY FIND THE PROGRAM AS USEFUL, AS THE OTHER EXPERIENCE SUBGROUPS. TEACHERS WITH UP TO 15 HOURS OF COLLEGE MATHEMATICS FOUND THE PROGRAM MORE USEFUL THAN TEACHERS WITH MORE HOURS OF MATHEMATICS. THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TEACHERS' SCIENCE BACKGROUND, WHETHER THEY HAD TAKEN A SCIENCE METHODS COURSE, AND THEIR RATING OF THE PROGRAM FOR USEFULNESS AND INTEREST. THE TEACHERS INDICATED A BELIEF THAT CHILDREN LEARN BEST BY DOING, BUT EXPRESSED A CONCERN FOR RELATED DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS. ADMINISTRATORS WERE MORE CONCERNED WITH THE TEACHER'S LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF SCIENCE CONTENT THAN WITH DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM STUDENT ACTIVITIES. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN THE "JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN SCIENCE TEACHING," VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1, 1966. (AG)
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