ERIC Number: ED306090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Intentions of Science Teachers To Use Investigative Teaching Methods: A Test of the Theory of Planned Behavior.
Crawley, Frank E., III
The purpose of this study was to explore the utility of the Theory of Planned Behavior for predicting the behavioral intentions of teachers enrolled in the Institute in Physical Science. The study investigated three determinants of teachers' behavioral intentions set forth in the theory of planned behavior, namely attitude toward the behavior, subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control. The behavior of interest in this study was the intention of teachers in grades 5/6 and 9/10 who were enrolled in the institute to use half of the activities and investigations completed in the program with students they would teach during the next school year. Data were collected from 50 elementary and secondary teachers. Results of this study indicated that attitude, subjective norm, and perceived behavioral control made significant contributions to the prediction of behavioral intention. Examination of the data block on external variable revealed attitude toward the behavior to be the single most important predictor of behavioral intention. Intent to perform the behavior appears to be totally under the control of most teachers, with little need for social support and with ample resources and sufficient opportunities available to perform the behavior. (MVL)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 10, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 9, Instructional Materials, Physical Sciences, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
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).