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ERIC Number: ED266024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Scientific Conceptions and Attitudes Toward Science of Prospective Elementary Teachers: A Research Report.
Stepans, Joseph; McCormack, Alan
This study was designed to determine: (1) the level of understanding of selected science concepts typical of freshmen and senior University of Wyoming elementary education students; (2) relationships between the number and kind of science courses taken by elementary education majors and their level of understanding of science concepts; and (3) if there is a significant difference in attitudes toward science of freshmen (N=29) to seniors (N=43). Other objectives were to determine: any correlations between number and types of science courses completed and (a) students' attitudes toward teaching science and (b) their confidence in their ability to teach science; any sex differences in understanding, attitude, and confidence; and any correlation between attainment test scores and attitudes and confidences. Results obtained appear to substantiate the following interpretations. University of Wyoming elementary education students are being inadequately prepared to teach science in terms of attainment of a reasonable level of understanding of scientific concept currently included in elementary school science curricula. It appears that simply having these students take greater doses of traditional college science courses does not favorably impact understanding of science concepts, attitudes toward science, or confidence in personal ability to teach science. Freshmen appear to have a significantly serious negative attitudinal complex regarding science and science teaching. Though there is a discernible trend in the direction of positive attitudes toward science by students as they mature from freshmen to senior level, this trend is completely unrelated to the number of standard general education science courses completed. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A