ERIC Number: ED024583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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A Study of Certain Factors Which Affect the Opinions of Elementary School Teachers in the Teaching of Science.
Hines, Sallylee Hughes
Studied were the opinions o f elementary school teachers concerning science and science teaching in an attempt to provide insight into their reported reluctance to teach science. An opinionnaire was devised and tested in a pilot study. Three hundred thirty-five elementary teachers responded to the revised opinionnaire. The results of the analyses are suggestive rather than conclusive. Some of these findings are (1) teachers seem to be teaching more science and providing more time for science than research indicates, (2) inadequacy of background is a definite factor influencing science teaching at the elementary level, and (3) loss of classroom prestige does not appear to be a factor influencing science teaching at the elementary level. The teachers felt that workshops, institutes, science supervisors and methods courses are of great benefit. They also felt that their college science courses did not provide the types of understandings and technical competencies necessary for teaching science in the elementary school. (BC)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Characteristics
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Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater.