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ERIC Number: ED064117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 14
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The Ideal Elementary Science Teacher.
Bybee, Rodger W.
This study attempted to establish a hierarchy of characteristics for the elementary school science teacher based on the preference of elementary children, preservice teachers and in-service teachers. Teacher characteristics were classified into five categories: knowledge and organization of subject matter; adequacy of relations with students in science class; adequacy of plans and procedures in science class; enthusiasm in working with science students; and techniques of methods of teaching elementary science. The sample included 43 children from the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, 38 preservice teachers having no teaching experience, 20 preservice teachers with teaching experience, 43 in-service teachers in urban and suburban schools, and 33 in-service teachers in rural schools. The data were collected with a fifty-item Q-sort, with ten items for each of the five teacher characteristic categories. All groups, except one, ranked "adequacy of personal relations in science class" as the most important expectation of the ideal elementary school science teacher. "Enthusiasm in working with students in science" was ranked second. These first two items were reversed (the one exception) by in-service teachers in the urban schools. The students ranked "subject matter" as third, while all other groups placed "teaching method" third. (PR)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting, New York City, April 1972