ERIC Number: ED284731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Field Experiences on Stages of Concern and Attitudes of Preservice Teachers toward Science and Science Teaching.
Strawitz, Barbara M.; Malone, Mark R.
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the field experience component of an undergraduate science methods course for preservice elementary school teachers was effective in: (1) shifting student concerns about science teaching from concerns about themselves to concerns about the impact of inquiry-oriented science programs on pupils; and (2) improving student attitudes toward science and science teaching. The influence of a number of variables such as age, grade point average, and school assignment on the dependent measures was also examined. Results indicated that science methods students working with teachers and children in schools did not show a significant shift from self to task and impact concerns. The students did show a significant change in attitudes toward science, but it was questioned as to whether or not the field experience component was responsible for the change. (TW)
Descriptors: College Science, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Field Instruction, Higher Education, Inquiry, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scientific Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (57th, New Orleans, LA, April 28-30, 1984).