ERIC Number: EJ1184873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Junior High School Pre-Service Science Teachers' Familiarity, Conceptual Understanding and Interest in Electrochemistry
Mumba, Frackson; Banda, Asiana; Chabalengula, Vivien M.
African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, v22 n2 p149-161 2018
This study in Zambia examined 66 junior high school pre-service science teachers' familiarity with, conceptual understanding of and levels of interest in learning more about electrochemistry concepts. Data were collected using the Familiarity with Electrochemistry Questionnaire, the Conceptual Understanding of Electrochemistry Test and the Interest in Electrochemistry Questionnaire. Statistical tests were used to analyse data. Pre-service teachers reported high levels of familiarity with the electrochemistry concepts surveyed. They were more familiar with basic than advanced electrochemistry concepts. On average, participants demonstrated moderate conceptual understanding of electrochemistry concepts. Although there was a significant difference between males' and females' familiarity with electrochemistry concepts, there was no significant difference between the two gender groups in their understanding of and interest in electrochemistry. There were no significant correlations between participants' familiarity with, understanding of and interest in electrochemistry. Overall, pre-service science teachers' self-reported high levels of familiarity with electrochemistry concepts was at variance with their actual conceptual understanding of the concepts. However, pre-service science teachers expressed high levels of interest in learning more about electrochemistry concepts they did not understand. In particular, pre-service teachers were interested in learning more about advanced electrochemistry concepts. The implications for teacher education and chemistry teaching and learning are discussed.
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Chemistry, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers, Foreign Countries, Scientific Concepts, Familiarity, Science Interests, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Zambia