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Attitudes and Beliefs of a Female Science Teacher

Title: The Attitudes and Beliefs of a Female Science Teacher: Implications in Relation to Gender and Pedagogical Practice.
Name(s): Zapata, Mara, author
Gallard, Alejandro J., professor directing dissertation
Ruscher, Paul H., outside committee member
Davis, Nancy T., committee member
Milligan, Jeffrey, committee member
Department of Middle and Secondary Education, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Recognizing the role of the larger patriarchal structure in framing social expectations, identifying preconceived notions about gender, and the self-concept of students is critical in understanding what goes on in science classrooms and why. This study examines the relationships between teaching science and gender dynamics in society, and the way in which a female science teacher brings her life experiences to the classroom through her pedagogical practices and interactions with students. These interactions and intents of the teacher are shaped by society, both academically and socially, thus influencing the development and perpetuation of gender identity and doing gender in society. In this case study of a female science teacher, numerous observations, field notes, researcher interpretations, and assertions were developed. As meanings were negotiated, intent of actions was defined using significant statements, clustered to produce invariant meaning units. Both the participant's intents and how she interpreted her experiences were central to the understandings sought in this study. The findings of this study point to the tensions between Laura's attitudes and beliefs and her pedagogical practices, disconfirming these as they pertain to gender in relation to teaching and learning science. The findings also support questioning the role of intentionality and a teacher's perceived ability to adhere to intentions while practicing within the norms established by the social institution of schools operating within the larger structures of society. The major findings and implications are relevant to the manner teachers are prepared and encouraged to enact their practice by departments and boards of education, prepared by institutions of higher education and subsequent participation in professional development. Specifically, calling attention to how these educational frameworks emphasize or de-emphasize the role of teachers and promote cognizance in terms of the culture of schools, reflective of the larger structures of society. Understanding the larger social structures and manner in which science in particular is formally packaged with its hegemonic reality and power arrangements reflective of such society is important if teachers are going to enact their practice in ways that facilitate this understanding to students.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0593 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Middle and Secondary Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: October 20, 2005.
Keywords: Feminism, Feminist Poststructuralism, Social Context of Education, Science Education, Phenomenology, Gender, Equity
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Alejandro J. Gallard, Professor Directing Dissertation; Paul H. Ruscher, Outside Committee Member; Nancy T. Davis, Committee Member; Jeffrey Milligan, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
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Host Institution: FSU

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Zapata, M. (2005). The Attitudes and Beliefs of a Female Science Teacher: Implications in Relation to Gender and Pedagogical Practice. Retrieved from