The current study details the creation of a new scale for measuring preservice teachers' positive affect for science, the Preservice Elementary Teacher Affect Scale for Science (PETAS-S). This new instrument is designed specifically to measure the level of positive affect towards the subject of science in preservice elementary teachers. Confirmatory factor analysis reveals the instrument loads on the single factor, positive affect. Reliability is robust, with Cronbach's alpha of .96. Positive affect has shown to predict future levels of engagement in domain specific academic subjects (Ainley & Ainley, 2011) and is expected to aid preservice teachers in understanding the complex relationship between their students' interest and enjoyment of science with their own. This research contributes to the important role of emotion in preservice teachers' attitudes toward the subject of science and how it may affect the way they teach it to their future students.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Applied Learning and Instruction
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Wilder, Otis, "The Preservice Elementary Teacher Affect Scale for Science: A Validation Study" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 4981.