ERIC Number: ED021720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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A New Approach for Teaching the History and Development of Scientific Concepts in Junior High School Science.
Williams, Charles Fenton
The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate curricular material concepts for junior high school science teachers. The vehicle chosen was the evolutionary development of physiological concepts relating to blood circulation and kidney function in man from the prehistoric period to the present. This material was produced as a teacher booklet containing objectives, philosophy, and rationale for procedures advocated. The premise underlying this approach is that information relating how these concepts evolved and an examination of the human characteristics of the scientists responsible for this evolution should be sufficient to cause changes in students' attitudes. This is an indirect approach to attitude change. An attitude inventory instrument, derived from a Science Manpower Project instrument, and a semantic differential instrument were administered prior to and after a one week presentation of the materials to 85 eighth-grade general science students. Analysis of test results indicated that the differences in me n scores when pre- and post-test scores were compared were not significant. Subjective evidence indicated that the approach had potential merit. (GR)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Attitudes, Concept Formation, Doctoral Dissertations, General Science, Grade 8, Physiology, Science History, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Teaching Methods
University Microfilms, 300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 (Order No. 67-14,901, MF $3.00, Xerography $6.20).
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.
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