ERIC Number: ED269197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Attitude Changes of Teachers Involved in a Project for the Improvement of Physical Science Instruction in Rural Elementary Schools.
Ostlund, Karen L.
Twenty-eight rural elementary teachers showed positive changes in attitude toward perceived competencies in teaching physical sciences and students showed statistically significant cognitive gains as a result of teacher participation in a 4-month project. Teachers attended four workshops, hosted three on-site visits by university science educators, developed instructional units, and shared accomplishments with a variety of audiences. A 44-statement Likert-type pre- and post-opinionnaire measured teacher attitudes toward perceived competencies in areas of content, curriculum and methodology in the physical sciences. A correlated t-test between differences in means was calculated for opinionnaire statements. Teachers administered a pre- and post-test to their science classes to assess student cognitive gains and a paired t-test was used to calculate differences in means for each class. Teachers showed gains in perceived competencies in knowledge and utilization of inquiry/process skills, curriculum, methodology, classroom management, computers, and metric measurement. Study results indicate that coordinated efforts between rural school districts and universities to improve science teaching in elementary schools need greater emphasis on helping teachers organize their thoughts and activities around concepts in science. Tables provide correlated t-test scores for teacher opinionnaires. (LFL)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, College School Cooperation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Physical Sciences, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Science Education, Science Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (59th, San Francisco, CA, March 28-31, 1986).