ERIC Number: ED319618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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The Influence of Preservice Secondary Science Teachers' Beliefs on Their Planning.
Tuan, Hsiao-lin; LaRussa, Annette
Research in teacher education has shifted from an emphasis on teachers' behaviors to a focus on teachers' thinking. The purposes of this paper are to describe categories of beliefs held by preservice secondary science teachers, to describe how the preservice teachers planned lessons, and to discuss the influence of their beliefs on their planning. This paper draws on data from two studies of preservice teacher education. The informants for these studies were five preservice teachers enrolled in secondary science education. Data collection consisted of semi-structured, open-ended interviews, observations, and lesson plans written by the informants. The findings from both studies indicated that preservice teachers shared many common beliefs, possibly reflecting the influence of the education classes. Most teachers placed importance on science processes and valued understanding over memorization of facts. The findings support the contention that beliefs are a dominant factor in influencing teachers' planning and that teacher educators may influence previous teachers' developing beliefs, or reinforce existing beliefs. It was recommended that science educators promote self-reflection among preservice science teachers. (CW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (63rd, Atlanta, GA, April 8-11, 1990).