Teachers of a fourth grade worked collaboratively with the Science teacher. They planned lessons and team taught once a week for one period. Together they prepared the fourth grade students for the New York State Fourth Grade Science Test. The results of the science and math state tests were compared to the results of the previous fourth grade. The average of the math scores from the 2006 fourth grade test (students in CTT science class) was similar to the 2005 fourth grade, however, the average of the science scores increase from 2005 to 2006 (students in CTT science class). There was an increase in the scores of the students that were collaboratively team taught and the results approached significance. In addition to analyzing the results on the state tests, the students' attitude toward science was surveyed. A survey was completed by the third, fourth and fifth grade students. They responded to questions using a Likert scale. The Likert scale included sixteen items, each followed by a four response choices questioning their opinion of science and science related topics. The attitudes of the students toward science decreased with the age of the students. Their response to the survey reflected a trend where the students' opinion of science tended to decrease from third to fourth to fifth grade. The students in third grade viewed science more positive than that of fourth and the students in third and fourth viewed science more positive than that of fifth.
|Advisor:||Gratz, Zandra, O'Desky, Ilyse|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||MAI 46/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Occupational psychology, Science education, Curricula, Teaching|
|Keywords:||Collaborative, Team teaching|
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