ERIC Number: ED342617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
A Qualitative Study of Secondary Science Teachers in a Public School and a Conservative Christian School.
Groves, Fred H.
This study incorporated classroom observations and taped interviews designed to reveal what each teacher believed about such matters as the nature of science and knowledge, the nature and purpose of education in general and science education in particular, and basic beliefs regarding God and purpose in life. Classroom practices of the subjects--two secondary science teachers from a conservative Christian school and three from a public school--were observed for 5 full days over a 3-week period. Information on the educational background of each teacher was also collected. Analysis of the data showed that the conservative Christian teachers held that all scientific knowledge must be in agreement with a literal interpretation of the Bible. The public school teachers presented an evolutionary view of origins, in contrast to the Christian school teachers' creationist views. Regarding classroom practice, both groups tended to teach science as a fixed, rather than developing field of knowledge, and both depended heavily on textbooks. (KR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Lake Geneva, WI, April 7-10, 1991).