ERIC Number: ED340609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-9
Behavior and Attitude of Science Education Graduate Assistants: A Case Study.
McGinnis, James Randy
A study identified the behavior and attitude of three science education graduate students assigned to two different science education professors. These professors taught separate sections of the same science methods course at a university. The symbolic interactionist and functionalist positions were taken as a theoretical perspective. Data collection methods used were individual interviews and participation observation. Analytic induction was performed in the constant comparative procedure to examine the data collected. Patterns of similarity and differences in the behaviors and attitudes of the graduate assistants recognized in the data became analytic concepts, the constructs. The constructs for graduate assistant behavior were professor-prompted behaviors and career-prompted behaviors. The constructs for attitude were loyal follower, drafted worker, and critical constructor. Generating theory was the aim of this research, although the resulting insights are meaningful in similar contexts. The study suggests a complex interaction among the career goals of graduate assistants, the science education philosophies of professors, and the organization of early childhood science methods classes. The result is differences in attitude and behavior expressed by the graduate assistants. (KR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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).