ERIC Number: ED391643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-27
Examining the Significance of Science in the Lives of Prospective Elementary Teachers.
Kurth, Lori A.
Elementary education majors (n=22) in a science methods course at a small liberal arts college in the U.S. Midwest were asked to write a paper about science in their own lives. Based upon their writings, the students were categorized according to the five ways of knowing described by Belenky, Clinchy, Goldberger, and Tarule: silence, received, subjective, procedural, or constructed knowledge. The largest category was subjective knowers and was comprised of only female students. The implications for these subjective knowers involve in accessibility to formal scientific knowledge and expertise. These women were unable to connect to the science they were learning in their classsrooms and so turned to their own personal experience upon which they could depend. The large number of subjective knowers and the lack of formal scientific information as an ultimate source of knowledge seen in this study seem to indicate that many students are not making the connection between their science classes and everyday lives. (MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 27, 1995).