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ERIC Number: ED214804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-1
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Survey Results: Preservice Preparation of Teachers of Science at the Elementary, Middle, and Junior High School Levels.
Mechling, Ken
In preparation for developing a position statement for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) on the preparation and certification of elementary and middle/junior high school science teachers, several NSTA committees conducted a survey of 50 colleges and universities with teacher education programs. Results of the survey (N=45) are presented, question by question, along with some explanations. Selected findings indicate that: (1) 44 of the colleges require students in elementary teacher education to complete science courses (a median of 8 semester hours for all colleges), although only 8 require courses in all three science areas (biological, physical, and earth sciences); (2) 42 require courses in elementary science teaching methods, many emphasizing science process, methods, and teaching techniques more than content; (3) for middle schools teacher education, 29% of the responding colleges have programs specifically for this level with an average of 30 semester hours of science required, only two requiring a specific science methods course for this level; (4) one-third of the colleges offer science education programs specifically for junior high level and more than half of those without a specific program include it as part of the secondary science teacher preparation program. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.