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ERIC Number: ED085195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 222
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Measuring Science Curriculum Improvement Study Teachers' Attitudinal Changes Toward Science.
Hovey, Larry Michael
Investigated were three questions related to the relationship between a science teacher's attitude regarding the use of a newer science program, in this instance the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS): (1) Could the Projective Tests of Attitudes, originally designed for fifth-grade students, be modified for use with adults? (2) Is there a relationship between the experience a teacher has with the use of SCIS and his attitude toward the scientific process? and (3) Is there a relationship between the type of training for using SCIS and the teacher's attitude toward the scientific process? Eighty-eight K-6 teachers were divided into groups with no experience teaching SCIS, with less than a year of experience, and with between one and two years of experience teaching the program. Thirteen subjects with neither experience nor training with SCIS constituted the control group. A modified version of Lowery's Projective Tests of Attitudes (PTOA) was used for interviews with each. From the primary analysis of the data it was concluded that training to use a program, prior to actual classroom use, did seem to affect attitudes. Yet, once the "realities" of the classroom were encountered, it seemed that training "per se" no longer made a noteworthy difference between groups. The majority of subjects did respond positively toward experimenting. The PTOA could be used with adults with specific modifications made. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley