ERIC Number: ED296887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Conceptions of the Contemporary Goals of Science Education.
McIntosh, William J.; Zeidler, Dana L.
This descriptive study was conducted to evaluate the relative emphasis secondary school teachers place on the science teaching goals of the 1960s which focused on processes and techniques designed to produce scientists, as compared to the goals of the 1980s which give priority to the relationship of science and technology to society. An eight-item bipolar scale which reflected the major goals of science for the 1960s and 1980s was developed as the study instrument. The sample population consisted of all middle and secondary school science teachers in the state of Delaware (N=307); analysis was based on the 113 questionnaires that were returned with complete information. The results indicated that the majority of respondents believed that science instruction should emphasize both sets of goals. When only those responses indicating a preferred goals orientation were considered, teachers facored the 1980s goals. Also teachers favoring 1980s goals felt stronger in their conviction than teachers preferring the 1960s goals. Implications and limitations of the study are discussed and a copy of the survey is appended. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (59th, San Francisco, CA, 1986).