ERIC Number: ED293724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis and Use of a Task for Identifying Conceptions of Teaching Science.
Hewson, Peter W.; Hewson, Mariana G.
The thoughts that teachers have about the content and students they are to teach influences the way in which they will teach. The purpose of this paper was the development of an instrument to identify teachers' conceptions of teaching science and to review literature concerning this topic. The instrument described was designed to be sensitive to significant distinctions in previously identified dimensions of teaching science. Also described is the framework developed to analyze responses and demonstrate the sensitivity of the task to conceptions obtained from student teachers. The framework for the analyses consists of six categories including: (1) the nature of science; (2) learning; (3) learner characteristics; (4) rationale for instruction; (5) preferred instructional techniques; and (6) conception of teaching science. Having interviewed four students using the instrument, it was determined that the instrument had met its design criteria. Several issues and suggestions for improvement are discussed. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).