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ERIC Number: ED380271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Attitudes toward Hands-on Science Instruction Versus Traditional Teaching Methods.
Collison, George E.
Attitudes of middle grade science teachers toward use of hands-on science were examined through the use of a 12 question Likert scale survey. The population consisted of Georgia Southwestern College Graduate School Division of Education students attending the Fall Quarter, 1993. Subjects selected were teachers who had taught or were currently teaching science in grades four through eight. Twenty-one subjects (N=21) completed the survey. Analysis of results revealed: (1) all teachers supported the use of hands-on science instruction; (2) a majority of teachers believed they were adequately prepared by their undergraduate (57%) and inservice training (67%) to conduct hands-on science; (3) a majority of teachers (71%) consider their classrooms to be inadequately equipped to conduct hands-on science; and (4) the majority of teachers (86%) using hands-on science less than or equal to 25% of classroom instruction time reported their classrooms as poorly equipped for hands-on science instruction. Survey results suggest that investment in science laboratory facilities and easier procurement methods would increase the use of hands-on science instruction. Survey instrument included. (Contains 55 references.) (Author/LZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A