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ERIC Number: ED100620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 213
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Teaching Science in Public Elementary Schools of the Plains, Rocky Mountain and Southeast Regions of the United States.
Webb, Melvin Richard
This research presents the science teaching practices for schools in the Plains, Rocky Mountain, and Southeast regions of the United States and the all-inclusive curricular events surrounding them, as they existed during the 1970-71 school year. Subproblems investigated were relationships between teacher characteristics and science teaching practices, identified predictors of teaching practices, and teacher satisfaction. The sample of the study consisted of 3,421 public elementary schools. Two instruments were utilized to collect data: (1) the Principal's Questionnaire, and (2) the Elementary Teacher Questionnaire. Descriptive data included frequency counts and percentages. The findings revealed that the best predictors of science teaching practices included: (1) inservice science activities, (2) background preparation in methods courses and content, (3) grade level taught, (4) sex, and (5) availability of supplies. The best predictors of teacher satisfaction with teaching science were: (1) training in science content, (2) availability of supplies, and (3) grade level taught. It was shown that teachers were better prepared in biology; science was predominantly taught by a regular classroom teacher, not a specialist, and in regular classrooms without special facilities or equipment. (Author/EB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University