ERIC Number: ED214804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
Survey Results: Preservice Preparation of Teachers of Science at the Elementary, Middle, and Junior High School Levels.
In preparation for developing a position statement for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) on the preparation and certification of elementary and middle/junior high school science teachers, several NSTA committees conducted a survey of 50 colleges and universities with teacher education programs. Results of the survey (N=45) are presented, question by question, along with some explanations. Selected findings indicate that: (1) 44 of the colleges require students in elementary teacher education to complete science courses (a median of 8 semester hours for all colleges), although only 8 require courses in all three science areas (biological, physical, and earth sciences); (2) 42 require courses in elementary science teaching methods, many emphasizing science process, methods, and teaching techniques more than content; (3) for middle schools teacher education, 29% of the responding colleges have programs specifically for this level with an average of 30 semester hours of science required, only two requiring a specific science methods course for this level; (4) one-third of the colleges offer science education programs specifically for junior high level and more than half of those without a specific program include it as part of the secondary science teacher preparation program. (DC)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Junior High Schools, Methods Courses, Middle Schools, National Surveys, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.