ERIC Number: ED186252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Information about Famous Black Scientists on the Closed-Mindedness of Preservice Teachers.
Campbell, Richard L.; And Others
This study provides support for the hypothesis that science process skills instruction and information on Black scientists can alter the belief systems of close-minded individuals. Preservice teachers were assigned to two experimental groups based on their median Rokeach Dogmatism Score, which also served as a pretest. One of the experimental groups was randomly assigned instruction in science process skills, plus information on Black scientists; the other group received instruction in science process skills plus information on various books for elementary children. Upon completion of the experimental instructions, the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale was again administered. Analysis of covariance determined that significant changes occurred in the dogmatism of close-minded subjects after the experimental instructions were completed, with positive difference favoring the group receiving instruction in process skills plus information on famous Black scientists. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (53rd, Boston, MA, April 11-13, 1980).