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ERIC Number: EJ1096101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1609-4913
Early Childhood Pre-Service Teachers' Self-Images of Science Teaching in Constructivism Science Education Courses
Go, Youngmi; Kang, Jinju
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v16 n2 Article 5 Dec 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 courses during the spring semester of 2013 at universities in Korea and the United States. A Draw a Science Teacher Test Checklist (DASTT-C), questionnaires, individual interviews, researchers' field notes, and participants' documents were collected. The results showed that four participants who displayed teacher-centered images before taking the courses changed to child-centered images after the courses. The factors that influenced those images were changed perspectives of a teacher's role and experiences of constructivism-based science teaching for young children. The other four pre-service teachers who held child-centered images before the course solidified child-centered images after the course. The influences on those images were learner-centered learning experiences and experiences with constructivism-based science teaching for young children. This result implies that early childhood science education should provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to reconstruct their own views about science teaching in order to learn and teach based on constructivism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea; United States