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ERIC Number: ED336265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
Research Interests: Comparison of Preservice and Inservice Elementary Teachers.
Bitner, Betty L.
The primary purpose of this descriptive survey study was to compare the research priorities of preservice and inservice elementary teachers. Secondary purposes included (1) determining the research priorities of preservice elementary teachers; (2) investigating the differences in research priorities according to gender; (3) investigating the differences in research priorities of preservice elementary teachers according to grade level choice; and (4) investigating the differences in priorities of preservice elementary teachers according to the number of college science courses completed. The sample consisted of four sections of preservice elementary teachers enrolled in the course "Teaching Elementary Science Methods at a midwestern university with an enrollment of approximately 20,000. Of the sample, 80 teachers were female and 7 were male. The National Science Teachers Association Survey of Elementary Teachers on Research Interests was administered to the sample the first day of the semester. The questionnaire consisted of 28 Likert-type items focusing on science-related research topics and demographic questions. The data are reported in frequencies and percents. The data on the inservice teachers came from a previous study conducted by Gabel (1987). The significance of the study, purposes, population and sample, instrument, procedures, results, and conclusions are included. (Author/KR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Lake Geneva, WI, April 7-10, 1991).