Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 461-468

First online:

Relationship between science knowledge levels and beliefs toward science instruction held by preservice elementary teachers

  • George WennerAffiliated withDepartment of Elementary Education & Reading, State University College at Buffalo

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Aspects of science background knowledge and attitudes toward teaching science were examined among preservice elementary teachers. The results indicated a low level of science knowledge, a negative relationship between science knowledge and attitude toward teaching science, and a marked lack of confidence toward teaching science among the prospective teachers. Some interesting paradoxes were also found. Recommendations concerning preservice preparation, inclusion of academic science coursework, and collaborative efforts between college departments are offered.

Key words

Elementary science education preservice teacher preparation science knowledge science attitudes