ERIC Number: ED218119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Basic Studies on Anxiety about Teaching Science in Preservice Elementary Teachers.
Westerback, Mary E.; Roll, David
Studies are reviewed in which the State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) was used to measure anxiety about teaching science in preservice elementary school teachers during required science content courses. STAI measures state anxiety (transitory emotional state influenced by training) and trait anxiety (relatively stable individual difference in anxiety proneness). Correlation coefficients for administrations of X and Y forms of the STAI ranged from 0.93 to 0.94. Means and standard deviations for all administrations from 1977-1981 are reported. Many students expressed interest in workshops to reduce anxiety about science and science teaching. However, when such a workshop was made available, few were able to attend because of lack of time in their schedules. Although the small sample size (workshop participants) obviated attempts at experimental research, the results were sufficient to encourage additional systematic investigations. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Science Education Research; State Trait Anxiety Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (55th, Lake Geneva, WI, April 5-8, 1982). For related document, see SE 038 230.