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ERIC Number: ED013210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 1
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CRITICAL THINKING ABILITIES AND UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE BY SCIENCE TEACHER-CANDIDATES AT OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY.
CRAVEN, GENE FRANCIS
THE CRITICAL THINKING ABILITY AND UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE POSSESSED BY STUDENTS COMPLETING PLANNED CURRICULA IN SCIENCE EDUCATION WERE INVESTIGATED. THE EFFECTS OF SCIENCE CURRICULA UPON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE ABILITIES AND UNDERSTANDINGS WERE EXAMINED BY COMPARING MEAN TEST SCORES OF SCIENCE TEACHER-CANDIDATES TO THOSE OF (1) FRESHMEN IN SCIENCE EDUCATION, (2) FRESHMEN IN SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION, (3) ELEMENTARY TEACHER-CANDIDATES, (4) SOCIAL SCIENCE TEACHER-CANDIDATES, AND (5) INSERVICE SCIENCE TEACHERS. CRITICAL THINKING WAS EVALUATED BY THE CORNELL CRITICAL THINKING TEST, FORM X. THE TEST ON UNDERSTANDING SCIENCE, FORM W, WAS USED TO ASSESS THE STUDENTS' UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE. THE STUDY EMPLOYED A POST-TEST ONLY DESIGN USING THE SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST AND ACCUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGES AS COVARIANCE CONTROLS. RESULTS INDICATE (1) BOTH CRITICAL THINKING ABILITIES AND UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE BY THE SCIENCE TEACHER-CANDIDATES WERE SIGNIFICANTLY (.05 LEVEL) GREATER THAN THOSE OF FRESHMEN IN SOCIAL SCIENCE EDUCATION, FRESHMEN IN SCIENCE EDUCATION, ELEMENTARY TEACHER-CANDIDATES, AND INSERVICE SCIENCE TEACHERS, (2) SCIENCE TEACHER-CANDIDATES EVIDENCED AN UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE SUPERIOR TO THAT OF GROUPS OF STUDENTS SIMILAR TO THOSE THEY WOULD BE BE EXPECTED TO TEACH, AND (3) SCIENCE TEACHER CANDIDATES, INSERVICE SCIENCE TEACHERS AND NON-SCIENCE ORIENTED GROUPS EVIDENCED SEVERAL MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE NATURE OF SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS. THIS DOCUMENT IS AVAILABLE AS ORDER NUMBER 66-7121 FOR $3.00 ON MICROFILM, $7.20 XEROGRAPHY, FROM UNIVERSITY MICROFILMS, 300 NORTH ZEEB ROAD, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN 48103. (RH)
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Authoring Institution: Oregon State Univ., Corvallis.
Identifiers: CORNELL CRITICAL THINKING TEST; OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY; SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE TEST; TEST ON UNDERSTANDING SCIENCE