ERIC Number: ED418860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-20
Confronting the Barriers of Moving from "Doing Science" To "Teaching Science" or "I Can't Believe How Much Work All of This Is...": Moving from Doing Science To Teaching Science.
Fetters, Marcia K.
This paper examines how three preservice teachers, who previously worked in science-related fields, confronted barriers in the process of becoming science teachers. Many of the barriers these teachers faced were similar to the barriers that more traditional teacher education candidates faced, but they also faced some barriers that were less common for traditional preservice teachers. Specific barriers explored include contextual issues related to family, finance, employment, and time; institutional concerns as in returning to school as an undergraduate; vocational concerns related to shifting views of profession and identity; and intellectual barriers such as the misfit of science discipline areas to school science. The three case studies presented in this paper demonstrate how barriers overlap and interact in a wide variety of ways to influence experiences in a teacher education program on into the beginning year of a new career. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998). Paper contains broken and missing type on pages 17-18, and 20.