ERIC Number: ED406201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-22
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Development of an Instrument To Measure Teacher Candidates' Attitudes and Beliefs about the Nature of and the Teaching of Mathematics and Science.
McGinnis, J. Randy; And Others
This paper describes the development of a valid and reliable instrument to measure teacher candidates' attitudes and beliefs about the nature of and the teaching of mathematics and science. The instrument--Attitudes and Beliefs about the Nature of an the Teaching of Mathematics and Science--was developed for the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP), an undergraduate teacher preparation program for specialist mathematics and science elementary/middle level teachers funded by the National Science Foundation. Sections of the instrument that were verified by factor analysis dealt with beliefs about mathematics and science, attitudes toward mathematics and science, beliefs about teaching mathematics and science, attitudes toward learning to teach mathematics and science, and attitudes toward teaching mathematics and science. It is concluded that the survey instrument has proven useful as one tool in an effort to landscape the attitude and belief paths the MCTP teacher candidates travel during their undergraduate years. The survey instrument is included in the appendix. Contains 37 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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