ERIC Number: ED305267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of a Preservice Elementary Science Methods Course Emphasizing the Mastery of Science Process Skills on the Development of Integrated Process Skills and Logical Thinking.
Jones, Mary K.; Norman, John T.
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a preservice science methods course emphasizing the mastery of selected science process skills on the level of development of logical thinking of students majoring in elementary school education. The problem was investigated for one semester with experimental subjects in their junior year, enrolled in elementary science methods classes. Non-equivalent control subjects were an intact class of seniors who had previously taken the same class, but with different emphases. Phase one consisted of pretesting 81 experimental subjects and testing the non-equivalent control subjects. A group test was used to assess the initial level of logical reasoning development. Phase two consisted of coursework whereby the experimental subjects systematically performed tasks designed to teach them skills in basic and integrated science processes. In the final phase, the test was administered again to the experimental subjects. Also, a group test of science processes was given to the experimental subjects to assess their mastery of the science processes. The findings provided evidence that preservice elementary teachers did grow in their development of logical reasoning when exposed to a one-semester course in elementary school science methods which emphasized mastery of science processes. (Author/CW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (62nd, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 1, 1989).