ERIC Number: ED319603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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What Do Prospective Science Teachers Understand about the Nature of Science?
Wavering, Michael J.
The questions for this research were: (1) what did preservice teachers know about the nature of science; (2) what were their religious beliefs that had implications for how they viewed science; and (3) what effect did instruction on the nature of science have in changing their knowledge level? A 25-item questionnaire was given to secondary science methods students (N=63) before and after a course. Instruction about the nature of science constituted the first two to three class periods. Students read articles, received lectures, and held discussions pertaining to theories, laws, hypotheses, and scientific processes. Two factors were determined using a factor analysis: religious belief, and nature of science and evolution. Factor 1 had .31 correlation with knowledge of theory and evolution. Many students were very unsure of their knowledge of the nature of science and many had misinformation. The questionnaire is attached. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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