ERIC Number: ED433341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Teacher Candidates' Attitudes and Beliefs of Subject Matter and Pedagogy Measured throughout Their Reform-Based Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation Program.
McGinnis, J. Randy; Parker, Carolyn
This study reports the use of a valid and reliable instrument, "Attitudes and Beliefs About the Nature of and the Teaching of Mathematics and Science," to measure teacher candidates' attitudes and beliefs about the nature of mathematics and science teaching. This paper examines how teacher candidates felt over 3 years. Teacher candidates were from the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP), a National Science Foundation-funded undergraduate teacher preparation program for specialist mathematics and science elementary/middle school teachers. The student teachers completed the instrument in MCTP classes twice each semester for two semesters, then completed it by mail over three more semesters. The instrument had five subscales: beliefs about the nature of mathematics and science; attitudes toward mathematics and science; beliefs about the teaching of mathematics and science; attitudes toward using technology to teach mathematics and science; and attitudes toward teaching mathematics and science. Data analysis indicated that the MCTP was affecting participants' attitudes toward and beliefs about mathematics and science in the intended direction on all five subscales of the instrument. The magnitude of change was statistically significant for three of the subscales and approached significance for one other. (Contains 5 tables, 5 figures, and 34 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland