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ERIC Number: ED429836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 24
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Science Subject Knowledge of Pre-Service Postgraduate Science Teachers.
Ratcliffe, Mary
For the past eight years postgraduate science teachers in training (approximately 50 each year) have been given Assessment of Performance Unit (APU) questions under strict test conditions as part of an initial learning experience in an education course. The APU questions were originally devised to explore the range of understanding of 15-year-old pupils in the United Kingdom of some key concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics. The key concepts probed included air pressure, oxidation, conservation of mass, photosynthesis, and reactivity series. Comparison of responses shows that beginning science teachers with a degree in biology, chemistry, or physics give more correct responses than 15-year-olds, as expected, but there remains a level of incorrect responses among the science graduates. The response patterns of the postgraduates remain similar from year to year. This study provides support for the view that alternative conceptions of scientific phenomena remain even in those who have experienced a high level of education in science. Implications for the training of preservice teachers are considered. Contains 23 references. (Author/WRM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom