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ERIC Number: ED063117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 19
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The Development, Field Test and Validation of Scales to Assess Teachers' Attitudes Toward Teaching Elementary School Science.
Moore, Richard W.
The project described in this report is an attempt to develop scales to assess teachers' attitudes toward teaching elementary school science. The instrument produced, Science Teaching Attitude Scales, consists of six scales, each of which has a statement of the attitude to be assessed and five statements to determine the extent to which the respondent accepts or rejects the particular attitude. With each statement there are four response choices: agree strongly, agree mildly, disagree mildly, and disagree strongly. Construct validity of the instrument was established by a field test with 31 elementary school teachers using a type of time series design. The scales were administered to the participants in the spring of 1971 as a pre-pretest, at the start of a four-week summer session on Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS) materials, and at the end of the summer session as a posttest. Results showed no significant difference between the pre-pretest and pretest total scores. There was a significant increase from pretest to posttest on the total scores, which is interpreted as evidence for construct validity of the scales. (PR)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, April 1972, Chicago, Illinois