ERIC Number: ED392740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
Long Term Effects Study: Participants of the Science in Rural California Teacher Enhancement Project.
Essig, Stephen R.
This document provides a research study of a 10-year elementary school teacher science staff development project, "The Science in Rural California Teacher Enhancement Project." The study investigated the long term effects on teacher participants 3 to 5 years after project contact: beliefs about science, confidence levels about teaching science, teaching practices, and professional practices. Subjects included approximately 150 elementary school teachers from the 9 northeastern counties of California who attended Science in Rural California during years 1989-92, about 50 each year. The study group was 76 percent female, and averaged 35-40 years of age and 14 years of teaching. Long term effects of the study group were compared against 79 incoming participants to the same project during 1994-95. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used (questionnaire, interview, journal samples). The study found little difference in beliefs about science between the long term effects (study) group and the control group. However, significant differences in teacher confidence about science, teaching practices, and professional practices were found to be continuing among members of the study group, 4 to 6 years after project contact. Findings supported the successful project design of 21 days of contact time spread over 13 months and the project's many participant support practices. Seven appendices provide project descriptions, study group questionnaire and control group questionnaire, blue print of the questionnaire, interview-guiding questions, questionnaire item analysis and Likert statement analysis, sample interview confirmation letter and site principal letter. (Contains 48 references.) (Author/ND)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (Northeast)
Note: M.A. Thesis, Simpson College.