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ERIC Number: ED072934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 35
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A Questionnaire Study Relative to Science Education Methods Courses in Teaching Science at the Elementary Level.
Mason, John M.; Craven, Gene F.
This study was conducted to secure information about various academic and organizational aspects of pre-service science methods courses for elementary school teachers. About 65 percent of all respondents to the questionnaire indicated a semester plan in existence as against 27 percent for a quarter system for preparing elementary teachers. Most colleges offered a course in Teaching Science in the Elementary School for one quarter or semester. Very few colleges offered such courses for more than two sequential terms. Many schools placed equal emphasis during science methods courses upon ways to teach science and upon the acquisition of scientific knowledge. Such courses were taken generally by prospective elementary school teachers during their junior or senior years. Most frequently the college of education controlled such courses but in some colleges it was controlled by division of science. Most science methods educators in colleges had participated in new science curriculum workshops or training sessions. These new curriculum projects had had a definite impact on the nature of the course in general and specifically on instructional procedures emphasizing the processes of science. (PS)
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