ERIC Number: ED255380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Written Persuasive Communication On Changing Attitudes of Egyptian Preservice Biology Teachers Toward Teaching Evolution.
Zeitoun, Hassan Hussein; Hassan, Abdel moneim Ahamed
This study determined the effect of written persuasive communication on changing the attitudes of Egyptian preservice biology teachers toward teaching the topic of organic evolution. Attitude change was measured by administering an instrument (the Attitude Toward Teaching Evolution Scale) developed for the study. This 22-item, Likert-type scale (with 11 positive and 11 negative statements related to teaching evolution) was administered as a pretest and posttest to assess attitude change. Subjects, consisting of 154 volunteers (46 males and 108 females), were randomly divided into two equal treatment groups. The experimental group used persuasive communication which consisted of two opposite arguments related to teaching organic evolution. The control group used written communication about air pollution. Results indicate a significant difference in mean posttest scores between the experimental and control group in favor of the experimental group. Thus, it was concluded that the Egyptian preservice biology teachers who had received the written persuasive communication had a positive change in their attitudes toward teaching evolution to secondary school students. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Egypt; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (58th, French Lick Springs, IN, April 15-18, 1985).