ERIC Number: ED319602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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The Science Preparation of Elementary Teachers.
DeTure, Linda R.; And Others
Science may be the subject area in which elementary teachers are the least confident and prepared to teach. The purpose of this project was to develop an effective model to better prepare teachers by enhancing their content background, and helping them teach inquiry-oriented science. Three departments, Biology, Chemistry, and Education, combined efforts to redesign the science program for elementary teachers by developing and implementing a new sequence of science courses. The first content course integrated chemistry with biology and emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of science. A companion methods course facilitated student's ability to use process skills and to apply the concepts in the content course. The treatment group had significant posttest gains for the cognitive test, but the companion group did not. In regard to attitudes, no group was significantly different in their attitudes toward science and attitudes of students did not become more positive after completing either of the science courses. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (63rd, Atlanta, GA, April 8-11, 1990).