ERIC Number: ED407235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-26
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The Assessment of Elementary/Middle Level 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 use of a valid and reliable instrument, Attitudes and Beliefs about the Nature of and the Teaching of Mathematics and Science, that measured teacher candidates' attitudes and beliefs. Data was collected from students (N=1,128) in mathematics, science, or pedagogy undergraduate college classes taught in higher education institutions in Maryland. Findings from the data indicate that attitudes toward learning mathematics and science as well as beliefs about mathematics and science did not significantly change during the year in which the survey was administered. The teacher candidates' beliefs about teaching mathematics and science did improve significantly in the second semester while other students' attitudes toward learning to teach mathematics and science dropped in the second semester. In addition to these findings the data assists in constructing a statewide landscape of what undergraduate teacher candidates feel and believe about mathematics and science and the teaching of those disciplines before they enter the methods and student teaching components of their teacher education program. The survey instrument is also included. Contains 38 references. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
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