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ERIC Number: ED115502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 14
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A Report on an Instrument for Observing Classroom Science Behavior in the Elementary School.
Wish, Peter A.; And Others
The Instrument for Observing Classroom Science Behavior (IOCSB) describes and measures the frequency of classroom science behavior at the elementary school level. It was developed to study the relationship of science attitudes of preservice elementary teachers to subsequent performance in science teaching. During their student teaching period, 38 preservice elementary teachers were observed twice using the IOCSB. Two college teachers, experienced in elementary school science education, encoded teacher behavior as well as pupil behavior. The IOCSB is a six category instrument containing 33 sub-categories that are behaviorally defined and contain examples of what is intended by each behavior. This paper lists the behavioral categories, definitions, and examples used in the instrument. Behavioral item selection was based on several sources. The relevance of each behavior was rated by judges with categories 1-5 judged relevant and category 6 judged irrelevant. Reliability was estimated by obtaining measures of interobserver agreement between the investigator and the observers; an average of 76 percent was reached. The frequencies of relevant behaviors are compared to those of irrelevant behaviors for both teacher behaviors and student behaviors. Data analysis suggests the instrument be used in the areas of science curriculum development and evaluation in the elementary school and in associated research. (LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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