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ERIC Number: ED085192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 105
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Prospective Elementary Teachers' Problem Solving Behavior, Effects of Critical Thinking, Cognitive Style, and Preferred Teaching Level.
Mills, Terence John
Presented is an exploration of the behavior of 27 pre-service elementary school teachers in an elementary science methods course when solving task oriented problems. A determination of the effects of critical thinking, cognitive style, and choice of teaching level (independent variable) on problem solving efficiency (dependent variable) was also studied. Each student was video taped and responses were recorded and converted into transitions which, when combined into kinematic graphs, preserved the range, sequence, and frequency. Criteria for problem solving efficiency were determined and analysis of variance computed to compare independent variables. No significant effects on problem solving efficiency could be attributed to critical thinking ability, descriptive, part-whole or relational-contextual cognitive styles, and choice of teaching level. No one strategy as described by kinematic graphs was consistently employed by the students when solving task-oriented problems which offered alternative solutions. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University