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Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme?

Souter, Nicholas and Findlay, Morag (2008) Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme? In: British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, 2008-09-03 - 2008-09-06, Edinburgh, UK. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The nature of science (NOS) remains a central issue of pre-service teacher education. We considered the student teacher as a scientist, their background from undergraduate, previous postgraduate and life experiences as well as monitoring changes in their responses to a short questionnaire derived from McComas et al (1998). The study aimed to map the students' understanding of (NoS) with a view to developing their pedagogical content knowledge as well as establishing baseline data to measure the effect of future interventions during the pre-service programmes (such as teaching about NoS or the Philosophy of Science) It is also anticipated that we will be well placed to promote ACfE aspirations as well as informing our programme in relation to developing Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors who can contribute meaningfully to debates about controversial scientific issues.

    Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    ID code: 7180
    Keywords: nature of science, pre-service teacher education, curriculum for excellence, Higher Education, Education (General)
    Subjects: Education > Theory and practice of education > Higher Education
    Education > Education (General)
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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    Depositing user: Mr Nicholas Souter
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2008
    Last modified: 17 Oct 2012 16:16
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7180

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