Fear and Disgust of Spiders: Factors that Limit University Preservice Middle School Science Teachers
AbstractSpiders perform many essential ecological services, yet humans often experience negative emotions toward spiders. These emotions can lead to the avoidance of beneficial events. These emotions may affect beliefs about what should or should not be included in a science curriculum. This study investigated how activities with living spiders affected preservice middle school science teachers’ emotions and beliefs. Prior to the activities both groups (i.e., treatment and control) had moderate to extreme fear and disgust toward the spider. The teachers that participated in the spider activities (i.e., treatment group) had much lower levels of fear and disgust after performing the spider activities than the control group that did not participate in the spider activities. The control group continued to have elevated levels of fear and disgust toward the spider throughout the study. Before the spider activities neither group planned to incorporate information about spiders or information about the essential ecological services of spiders into their science classroom. After the treatment group participated in the spider activities, the teachers had definitive plans to teach their students about spiders and the essential ecological services that they provide. The control group remained unchanged and had no plans to teach this information to their students. View Full-Text
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Wagler, R.; Wagler, A. Fear and Disgust of Spiders: Factors that Limit University Preservice Middle School Science Teachers. Insects 2018, 9, 12.
Wagler R, Wagler A. Fear and Disgust of Spiders: Factors that Limit University Preservice Middle School Science Teachers. Insects. 2018; 9(1):12.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wagler, Ron; Wagler, Amy. 2018. "Fear and Disgust of Spiders: Factors that Limit University Preservice Middle School Science Teachers." Insects 9, no. 1: 12.