ERIC Number: ED025416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Patterns of Problem Solving Behavior Among Prospective Science Teachers.
Mittias, Ragy Georgy El-Komos
Investigated was the problem-solving behavior of a sample of 30 prospective science teachers. Studied also were relationships between behavior and (1) the major science field of the subject, and (2) the type of problem to be solved. Subjects worked in groups of twos as an experimental unit. The sample included five experimental units majoring in biology, five in comprehensive science, and five in physical science. All subjects were college seniors. A six-category system was developed for observing behavior during a pilot study. Data were analyzed in terms of sequence of categories of behavior, frequency of each category and number of categories. Results indicated (1) there were several patterns of problem-solving behavior for a given problem within this sample, (2) these patterns differed for the same experimental unit from one problem to the other, (3) the difference within a given subsample was not less observable than the difference among different units of different subsamples, and (4) the difference in patterns among the three subsamples was not statistically significant at the 0.05 level. (BC)
Descriptors: Behavior, College Science, Preservice Teacher Education, Problem Solving, Student Behavior, Teacher Education
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.