ERIC Number: ED244791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Teachers in Exemplary Programs: How Do They Compare?
Bonnstetter, Ronald J.; And Others
Questionnaires with over 400 items were administered to key teachers of the 1982 Search for Excellence in Science Education programs. It was hoped to compare the characteristics of teachers of exemplary programs with those possessed by teachers in general. Results are presented under the following headings: (1) qualifications of science teachers; (2) factors affecting instruction; (3) teacher knowledge and attitudes toward science; (4) instructional techniques and classroom activities; (5) sources of information concerning new developments in education and science; and (6) experience with selected federally funded science materials. Results indicate that key teachers of exemplary programs when compared to teachers in general are older, have more teaching experience, and are more likely to have graduate degrees and recent experience with college credit courses. They are more likely to find other teachers, inservice programs, professional organization meetings, and journals as sources of information. In addition to rating themselves as "very well qualified," they cite few problems with materials, facilities, or space. Their curricula tend to be locally developed, and they use more hands-on manipulatives and laboratories and lecture less than teachers in general. It is suggested that these and other findings provide the rudimentary elements to start the process of designing a model of excellence in science education. (Forty-one data tables are included in appendices.) (JN)
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Performance Factors, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Materials, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
NSTA Publications Department, 1742 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National Science Foundation; Science Education Research
Note: This monograph is based on the unpublished doctoral dissertation of Ronald J. Bonnstetter, "Characteristics of Teachers Associated with an Exemplary Program Compared with Science Teachers in General," 1983, University of Iowa.