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Saraçoglu, Hanife; Dogan, Mevlüde; Kol, Özge – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2017
This study aims to determine the challenges faced by mathematics teacher-candidates on unit conversion and dimensional analysis. The research was conducted using content analysis method of qualitative research methods. The study group consists of 66 people, 50 females and 16 males, elected through appropriate sampling method, studying at state…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Physics, Mathematics Teachers, Content Analysis
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Fadzil, Hidayah Mohd – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2017
Developing problem solving skills is often accepted as a desirable goal in many educational settings. However, there is little evidence to support that students are better problem solvers after graduating. The students can solve routine problems but they confronted difficulties when adapting their prior knowledge for the solution of new problems.…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Science Instruction, Interviews, Student Attitudes
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Pitiporntapin, Sasithep; Yutakom, Naruemon; Sadler, Troy D. – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2016
In educational reform, teaching through socio-scientific issues (SSIs) is considered the best way to promote scientific literacy for citizenship as the goal of science teaching. To bring SSIs into the science classroom, Thai pre-service science teachers (PSTs) are expected to understand the concept of SSI-based teaching and to use it effectively…
Descriptors: Science Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Science and Society
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Koray, Özlem – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2016
Practical courses are very important in teachers' professional training. It is important that teachers learn professional knowledge and skills by personal experience, and it can increase the quality of their teaching. The accuracy of the practice should be considered for the practical studies of pre-service teachers. When the practices do not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Undergraduate Students
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Türkmen, Hakan – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2015
Pre-service teachers' views of science and scientists have been widely studied. The purpose of this study is to identify whether there is problem of image of scientists and determine where they receive about scientist image. Three hundred thirty five (105 from Turkey, 162 from Europe, 68 from US) elementary pre-service teachers participated in…
Descriptors: Scientists, Stereotypes, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Pitiporntapin, Sasithep; Lankford, Deanna Marie – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2015
This paper addresses using social media to promote pre-service science teachers' practices of Socio-Scientific Issue (SSI) based teaching in a science classroom setting. We designed our research in two phases. The first phase examined pre-service science teachers' perceptions about using social media to promote their SSI-based teaching. The…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Case Studies, Social Media
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Go, Youngmi; Kang, Jinju – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2015
The purpose of this study is two-fold. First, it investigates the self-images of science teaching held by early childhood pre-service teachers who took constructivism early childhood science education courses. Second, it analyzes what aspects of those courses influenced these images. The participants were eight pre-service teachers who took these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teachers, Self Concept
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Cil, Emine – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2014
In this study, fifteen pre-service early childhood teachers' views of nature of science (NOS) were analysed. The student teachers took a course where NOS was taught via explicit reflective approach. The explicit reflective approach advocates that goal of improving students' NOS views should be planned for instead of being anticipated as…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, Student Teachers
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Sendur, Gülten; Polat, Merve; Toku, Abdullah; Kazanci, Coskun – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2014
This study aims to investigate the effects of a History and Philosophy of Chemistry-I course based on active learning applications on the level of knowledge of pre-service chemistry teachers about the history of chemistry. The views of pre-service chemistry teachers about these activities were also investigated. The study was carried out with 38…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Active Learning, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Sahin, Çigdem – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2014
In this study, the views of the Prospective Science Teacher (PST)s about the human eye were examined. The following data collection tools were used: the Word Association Test (WAT), open ended questions, drawing technique, two tiered question item and an interview about concepts. The data of the study whose sample consisted of 34 PSTs were…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Science Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Elementary School Teachers
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Archila, Pablo Antonio – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2014
This paper addresses the importance of argumentation in science education. A research project was done in order to know how a group of pre-service chemistry teachers has been prepared to promote students' argumentation. A Chemistry degree studies plan from a Colombian university was surveyed, and 18 future teachers' representations about…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Persuasive Discourse, Science Education, Research Projects
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Gurcay, Deniz; Balta, Ebru – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2013
It is emphasized in several studies that both domain specific factors and cultural values and beliefs could have an effect on students' metacognitive self-regulation and motivational beliefs. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of motivational beliefs on Turkish students' metacognitive self-regulation in physics courses. Therefore,…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Preservice Teachers, Foreign Countries, Student Motivation
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Lee, Carole Kwan-Ping – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2012
The science methods course is a requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education licensure program in a mid-west state university in the U.S.A. In one semester, the author decided to evaluate the effectiveness of the science methods course in pedagogical content knowledge areas such as theory, planning and implementation.…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Science, Methods Courses
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Banda, Asiana; Mumba, Frackson; Chabalengula, Vivien M.; Mbewe, Simeon – Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 2011
This study assessed Zambian Junior High School pre-service science teachers' understanding of the particulate nature of matter. A sample comprised 30 pre-service science teachers at a teacher training college. Data was collected through a questionnaire adopted from Ozmen and Kenan (2007). Results show that most teachers had correct views on the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers