An In-Depth Analysis of Personality and Other Participant Characteristics in a Web-Based Course for Science Teachers

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Title: An In-Depth Analysis of Personality and Other Participant Characteristics in a Web-Based Course for Science Teachers
Author: Boyette, Todd Randall
Advisors: John Park, Committee Chair
Glenda Carter, Committee Member
David Haase, Committee Member
Jack Wheatley, Committee Member
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to analyze the role students' personality and other characteristics play in their experience and achievement in a web-based course for teachers. Participants in the study were 17 inservice teachers enrolled in Technology Tools for Science Teachers in the 2002 spring semester. 'Tech Tools' is a web-based class designed to teach teachers how to use various technology such as digital cameras in the science classroom. As part of the class, students are required to attend four face-to-face sessions during the semester. Personality data was generated by the administering of three instruments: The Simmons Personal Survey, The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF), and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Inventory. Students also completed an entrance survey at the beginning of the course. All e-mails and Instant Messages sent to the instructors and all posts to the class listserv were collected for quantitative and qualitative analysis. Additional data was collected through Instant Message interviews with ten of the students conducted at the end of the course. Results indicated that characteristics such as assertiveness, courage, sociability, self-esteem, rule consciousness, and teaching experience, were strongly correlated with students' final grades. Traits such as anxiety, tension, apprehension and Privateness strongly correlated with students' amount of communication. Qualitative results indicated that students who are open and receptive to new ideas were better able to handle the rigor of the course, while students that enjoy change appreciated the content and format of the course. Self-esteem seems to impact the opinions of students regarding their experience in Tech Tools and Social Boldness seems to impact their opinions about the value of the face-to-face sessions. Other findings included how the amount of teaching experience of the students affected their perceptions of the workload involved in Tech Tools, how the requirements of North Carolina's Lateral Entry program forces students to make decisions about courses that they would not normally make, and how the class listserv was not utilized by students until they had no other alternatives for help.
Date: 2002-12-02
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Science Education

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