ERIC Number: ED443695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Building a Sound Rationale for Teaching among Preservice Teacher Candidates.
Veronesi, Peter D.; Varrella, Gary F.
This paper reports on the perceptions of preservice teacher candidates (students) regarding their personal content- and context-specific pedagogies toward a strategy that promotes the development of these important teaching abilities; the elementary science teaching rationale. Perceptions about a science teaching rationale were surveyed at the end of two different science teaching methods courses and before student teaching. The science teaching rationale described in this paper requires students to meld research-based methods with practice. The science teaching rationale provides a window on the perceptions of how the individual students will teach, what they as the teacher will be doing, what their students will be doing, and the theoretical basis for their content-based, pedagogical, and epistemological choices. This study provides the first detailed evidence for the value of the science teaching rationale based on the results of a questionnaire from two comprehensive teacher preparation programs. A mixed quantitative and qualitative design was employed studying students' views in a post-hoc case study (n=74) and includes a study population from universities in two different states. A 29-item Likert scale was used as well as open-ended response questions. The validity and reliability of the instrumentation are reported on as well. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/ASK)
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 (Boston, MA, March 28-31, 1999).