ERIC Number: ED382448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Elementary Science Methods: Strategies To Measure and Develop Student Views about the Nature of Science.
Meichtry, Yvonne J.
Seventy-two students enrolled in elementary science education methods courses participated in a study designed to reveal student views about the nature of science prior to, during, and upon completion of the course. The course employed various teaching approaches and activities to help students develop more adequate views about the nature of science. An attempt was also made to help students relate what they learned in their methods class about the nature of science to the teaching of elementary science. The Modified Nature of Scientific Knowledge Scale (MNSKS), developed by Y. Meichtry (1992) was used to measure and compare student views about four dimensions of the nature of scientific knowledge at the beginning and end of the semester. Results indicate that students begin their methods courses with understandings of the nature of science which are largely incomplete. It also indicates the potential of developing much more complete understandings about the nature of science as a result of integrating teaching strategies. Five tables and one figure illustrate study data. Contains two references. (ZWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science (Charleston, WV, January 5-8, 1995).