ERIC Number: ED099242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Improving Preservice Teachers' Attitudes Toward Science.
Allison, Roy W., Sr.; Smith, Duane R.
This document presents a description of a science education program which provides experiences in the affective, cognitive, and psychomotor domains. The methods course has no required textbook and is an activity-oriented course, requiring students to become acquainted with three of the national elementary science projects: Elementary Science Study (ESS), Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS), and Science - A Process Approach (SAPA), as well as Science for the Seventies - Pennsylvania's Guide to Elementary School Science. The class learns through a series of mini-investigations using concrete manipulative experiences as a vehicle for the instructors to model desirable teaching strategies. Both formal and informal methods were used to assess the program. The formal assessment consisted of pre- and post-testing a group of students, using the Allison Attitude Scale. Evidence demonstrated a high degree of success in improving the attitudes of preservice teachers toward science. The paper also presents a brief report on science teaching in Pennsylvania public elementary schools during the 1971-72 school year. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Western Area Convention of the National Science Teachers Association (Denver, Colorado, 1974)