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ERIC Number: ED053973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 144
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A Study of the Qualifications of Mississippi High School Biology Teachers and the Relationship of Student Achievement in Biology to the Subject Matter Preparation of the Biology Teacher.
Osborn, Clifton Earl
An analysis of the records of the Mississippi State Department of Education for 1969 showed that of the 604 biology teachers, 67% held secondary teacher certificates, 66.7% held biology endorsements, 20.7% had master's degrees, and only 1,2% were without a bachelor's degree. The average biology teacher taught 2.2 sections of biology, taught in 2.9 different subject areas, had taught for 8.3 years, and had 25.2 semester hours in biology and 15.2 hours in chemistry. The relationships between teacher qualifications and student achievement was assessed by administering the Nelson Biology Test to 144 students selected by stratified random sampling from nine high schools. A statistically significant relationship was found between student biology achievement and the teacher's chemistry preparation. The relationship between student biology achievement and teacher's biology preparation, although positive, was not statistically significant. The most effective teachers in terms of student achievement had at least 12 hours course work in biology and a substantial amount in chemistry. (Author/AL)
University Microfilms, P. O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 70-16403 M-$4.00 X-$6.80)
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Identifiers: Mississippi
Note: Ph.D. dissertation, University of Mississippi