ERIC Number: ED319612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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The Effects of an Innovative Activity-Centered Biology Program on Attitude toward Elementary Teachers.
Hall, Donald A.
One of the primary goals in many teacher education programs is to design and to implement specific courses, strategies, and methods that promote positive attitude toward science and science teaching among elementary education majors. This paper describes the effects of a biology content course, patterned after innovative elementary school science programs, on attitude toward science teaching among prospective elementary teachers. Attitude was measured using the Revised Science Attitude Scale pretest-postest. Subjects were 159 students enrolled in a biology content course designed specifically for prospective elementary teachers. There were significant positive differences in attitude toward science teaching pre-test-post-test following 10 weeks of instruction. It was suggested that factors such as inadequate science background, lack of specific training, high science anxiety, and failure to understand the nature of science could have contributed to any negative feelings toward science teaching. Positive feelings could have been generated by the program itself, by employing specific strategies emphasizing concrete examples and live materials, and by promoting built-in opportunities for student success. In addition, classroom climate (including small-group activities, social interaction, and positive student-teacher relationships) could have contributed to favorable attitude toward science teaching. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Researchers; 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).