ERIC Number: ED319607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Teachers' Degree of Satisfaction Concerning the Implementation of an Inquiry-Oriented Secondary Biology Course.
Sydney-Smith, Ian; Treagust, David F.
The "Web of Life," adapted from the green version of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), has gained a virtual monopoly in Australian upper secondary school biology classrooms since its introduction in 1967. A recent increase in the diversity of student interests, academic abilities, attitudes, and vocational aspirations has generated formal evaluation and informal debate among biology teachers regarding the appropriateness of the present course. This study investigated the degree of satisfaction-dissatisfaction of the "Web of Life" course as indicated by 60 experienced teachers. The development of the Teachers' Perception and Opinion Questionnaire (TPOQ) was described. Nine categories measured by 50 items of the TPOQ were: (1) curriculum materials; (2) curriculum content; (3) learning skills; (4) philosophy of the course; (5) assessment of student achievement; (6) tertiary entrance exam; (7) management; (8) teacher characteristics; and (9) student characteristics. Teachers' responses by categories and items were reported. The highest satisfaction was related to the curriculum package and the highest areas of dissatisfaction were related to the externally set examination, the current population of students, and the knowledge and skills of biology teachers. The paper concludes with recommendations for improving inquiry teaching and for developing an alternative course to cater for the diverse range of students. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia