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ERIC Number: ED024611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 95
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A Study of Open-Minded and Closed-Minded Pre-Service Elementary Education Majors Being Trained in Contemporary Science Methods.
Dick, Roy Dennis
Fifty pre-service elementary education majors were studied prior to student teaching to determine if open-minded majors showed greater promise of being capable of teaching science than closed-minded majors. Rokeach's Dogmatism Scale Form E was used to attain a dichotomy in a 50 member methods class. The areas of concern and instruments used to gather the data were science achievement--Read General Science Test; attitude toward teaching science--Instructor Rating, Peer Rating, Self-Rating, and a Scale by Dutton and Stephens; and confidence in ability to teach science--an instrument by Evans and Frazier. Data were analyzed using nonparametric statistics. The Mann-Whitney U test indicated no significant differences (.05 level) between open- and closed-minded subjects in science achievement, or in pre- and post-test results on the confidence scale. Both groups showed significant gains from pre- to post-test results on the confidence scale. The attitudes of the open-minded group toward teaching science were significantly more favorable than the closed-minded group. (BC)
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Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater.
Identifiers: Read General Science Test; Rokeachs Dogmatism Scale