How will we understand what we teach?: Primary student teachers´ perceptions of how to develop subject matter knowledge and a positive attitude towards physics
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Science Education, ISSN 0950-0693Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
In the research outlined in this paper, it was investigated how different factors, such as practical experiments and subsequent group discussions, contributed to primary student teachers‟ development of subject matter knowledge in combination with a more positive attitude towards physics. During an eight-week course, 40 primary science student teachers worked in groups of 13-14 on practical experiments and problem-solving skills in physics. The student teachers were video recorded in order to follow their activities and discussions during the experiments. In connection with every workshop, the student teachers participated in a seminar; they watched the video recording in order to reflect on how they communicated their conceptions in their group. After the eight weeks of coursework a questionnaire including a storyline was used to elicit the student teachers´ perceptions of their development of subject matter knowledge from the beginning to the end of the course. Finally, five participants were interviewed after the course. The results provided insight into how aspects such as self-confidence and the meaningfulness of knowledge became important aspects in primary science student teachers´ development of subject matter knowledge, and into their development of a positive attitude towards physics.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-19245OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-19245DiVA: diva2:223791