ERIC Number: ED343916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Preparing Science Teachers' Attitudes towards Tests.
Carifio, James; Kermis, William
This study compared preparing science teachers' attitudes towards tests, evaluation and mathematics to those of preparing non-science teachers (N=76) in an upper division psychology course at a state college in eastern Massachusetts. These three attitudes were measured using semantic differentials that assessed both the cognitive and affective dimensions of these attitudes. Although preparing science teachers had better attitudes towards tests and mathematics than preparing non-science teachers, subject-matter area only accounted for 6% of the variance observed in these two attitudes, whereas aptitude accounted for 18% of the variance observed in these two attitudes. The variance accounted for by subject-matter area, moreover, was mostly attributable to aptitude. Preparing teachers attitude towards tests were negative in general (3.6 on a 1 to 7 scale), whereas their overall attitude towards mathematics was 4.3 and their overall attitude towards evaluation was 5.2. Tests, therefore, are a highly potent affective stimulus for preparing teachers. The mean level findings in this study were the same as our findings in our previous studies. Findings are discussed in terms of alternative theories and views of the data and the implications of these findings are discussed. (Author)
Descriptors: Affective Measures, Aptitude, Attitude Measures, Cognitive Measurement, College Students, Education Majors, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Student Attitudes, Test Use
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (15th, Hilton Head, SC, March 5-9, 1992).