ERIC Number: ED318641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Program To Improve Elementary Science (PIES).
Zielinski, Edward J.; Smith, Bruce G.
The purposes of this study were to determine (1) whether or not the participants of the program demonstrated significant gains in knowledge and attitudes as a result of the courses; (2) whether the gains persisted over time; and (3) if there was an associated increase in the participants' proclivity to do science which was also stable over time. Four instruments were used in this study. The PIES test was a 50 item, multiple choice instrument measuring knowledge and comprehension of basic science content and process. The second instrument used was the Science Attitude Scale for Inservice Elementary Teachers, a 26 item instrument. The third instrument, the Science Proclivity Test, was a 25 item instrument designed to assess teachers' inclination to do activity-oriented science lessons. The PIES Evaluation Project Knowledge Test was a 25 item, multiple choice instrument constructed from the first test. Significant gains were found in the PIES group of teachers compared to a control group and these gains appeared to be stable over the 5 years of the study. Appended are the Science Attitude Scale; the Science Proclivity Test; and the PIES Evaluation Project Knowledge Test. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; 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 (63rd, Atlanta, GA, April 8-11, 1990).