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ERIC Number: ED086447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 133
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An Investigation of Teacher Dogmatism and Teacher Behavior in Science Instruction.
Bird, Robert Carl
This study discusses the differences in behavior that the open-minded teacher and the closed-minded teacher exhibit in teaching elementary school science. To study dogmatism and classroom behaviors, a group of 43 teachers enrolled in an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in-service program was identified and classified into one of two extreme subgroups--a high-dogmatic group and a low-dogmatic group. Scores on the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale, Form E, were used as the basis for groupings. Both groups were well matched on the AAAS Process Measure for Teachers. No differences were found in change in attitude toward science or science teaching as measured by the Purdue Master Attitude Scale. Sixteen statistically significant differences between groups were found in the teacher behavior scores secured through the application of the Science Curriculum Assessment System observational technique. Open-minded teachers interacted more frequently with small groups of students, while the closed-minded teachers interacted more frequently with large groups. Closed-minded teachers spent more time questioning the large group, giving information, asking rhetorical questions, giving directions and suggesting alternatives. Open-minded teachers were less likely to exhibit behaviors inconsistent with the goals of providing inquiry training. (Author/EB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Florida State University