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Windschitl, Mark; Thompson, Jessica; Braaten, Melissa – Science Education, 2008
One hundred years after its conception, the scientific method continues to reinforce a kind of cultural lore about what it means to participate in inquiry. As commonly implemented in venues ranging from middle school classrooms to undergraduate laboratories, it emphasizes the testing of predictions rather than ideas, focuses learners on material…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Principles, Science Laboratories
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Hermann, Graham D.; Willings, Rex – Science Education, 1980
Investigates some of the evaluation methodologies presently being advocated in assessing the merits of education programs for training science teachers. Questionnaire data from ex-students were used to elicit raw data and an understanding of these data by a newer methodology involving ordering theory. (CS)
Descriptors: College Science, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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Sherwood, Robert D.; Gabel, Dorothy – Science Education, 1980
Evaluates a new course for prospective elementary teachers entitled Basic Science Skills, designed to give students background in science, to show use of science materials and methods, and to promote positive attitudes toward science and science teaching. Math anxiety is suggested as a confounding factor in interpreting the results. (CS)
Descriptors: Anxiety, College Science, Course Evaluation, Elementary School Science