ERIC Number: ED441684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Bringing the Reality of Science Teaching by Using a Field-Based Methods Course.
Hairston, Rosalina V.
This study investigates the impact of a field-based methods course on the reality of teaching experienced by preservice biology teachers. Four questions guided the research: (1) What are the perceptions of the preservice teachers about biology teaching? (2) What are the preconceptions of preservice teachers about high school students? (3) What constructivist teaching practices were used by preservice teachers? and (4) What evidence of reflective thinking was explained in the journals of the preservice teachers? This qualitative study was conducted with 33 students enrolled in Biology Methods, which is a required course in the Biology Teacher Licensure program. The results of the study were encouraging, especially the finding that constructivist teaching practices can be gradually included in the teaching repertory of beginning teachers through constant practice as they develop an understanding of the teaching-learning process. The preservice teachers unanimously agreed that field experience is an effective method to understand the reality of the teaching profession. Preservice teachers are immersed in teaching situations during field experience. In order to achieve the objectives of field experience, the mentor or cooperating teacher and the university instructor/supervisor must work together as a team. They should agree on the field experience objectives, expectations, and the methods of monitoring a student's progress. (CCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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