ERIC Number: EJ1164453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Making Curriculum Decisions in K-8 Science: The Relationship between Teacher Dispositions and Curriculum Content
Eidietis, L.; Jewkes, A. M.
Journal of Geoscience Education, v59 n4 p242-250 Nov 2011
This study examined teachers' dispositions toward and choices to teach ocean science using a survey design. A sample of 89 in-service K-8 teachers in the United States reported their (1) feelings of preparedness to teach about ocean literacy and (2) attitudes toward ocean science on three measures. Results of multiple linear regression showed that teachers' dispositions significantly predicted frequency of teaching ocean literacy. Findings indicated that teachers' curriculum decision-making likely reflects feelings of preparedness to teach and attitudes regarding particular topics. Implications for elementary science teacher preparation and professional development are discussed.
Descriptors: Oceanography, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Practices, Multiple Regression Analysis, Scientific Literacy, Incidence, Readiness, Predictor Variables, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Scientific Attitudes, Mail Surveys
National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Carleton College W-SERC, One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057. Tel: 540-568-6675; Fax: 540-568-8058; e-mail: email@example.com; Website: http://nagt-jge.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), Office of Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: NA07SEC4690004