This paper reviews some studies relating to the subject matter competency of pre-service elementary teachers. Attention is called to the importance of an understanding of the nature of science by the elementary major, and the need to measure this understanding. A study designed to test the understanding of and attitude toward science in elementary majors is discussed. The scores of elementary majors on the understanding of science measure are compared with those of other prospective teachers (both secondary and elementary). It is suggested that a measure of this type could be used as a basis for evaluation of innovations in the pre-service training of elementary teachers.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1969 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Smith, Daryl D.
"Understanding of Science by Elementary Teachers,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 76(1), 410-417.
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