Values of Catholic science educators: Their impact on attitudes of science teaching and learning

Joanne Greenwald DeMizio, Fordham University

Abstract

This quantitative study examined the associations between the values held by middle school science teachers in Catholic schools and their attitudes towards science teaching. A total of six value types were studied—theoretical, economic, aesthetic, social, political, and religious. Teachers can have negative, positive, or neutral attitudes towards their teaching that are linked to their teaching practices and student learning. These teachers' attitudes may affect their competence and have a subsequent impact on their students' attitudes and dispositions towards science. Of particular interest was the relationship between science teaching attitudes and religious values. A non-experimental research design was used to obtain responses from 54 teachers with two survey instruments, the Science Teaching Attitude Scale II and the Allport-Vernon-Lindzey Study of Values. Stepwise multiple regression analysis showed that political values were negatively associated with attitudes towards science teaching. Data collected were inconsistent with the existence of any measurable association between religious values and attitudes towards science teaching. This study implies that science teacher preparation programs should adopt a more contextual perspective on science that seeks to develop the valuation of science within a cultural context, as well as programs that enable teachers to identify the influence of their beliefs on instructional actions to optimize the impact of learning new teaching practices that may enhance student learning. ^

Subject Area

Education, Religious|Education, Sciences

Recommended Citation

DeMizio, Joanne Greenwald, "Values of Catholic science educators: Their impact on attitudes of science teaching and learning" (2014). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3629244.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3629244

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