ERIC Number: EJ1002485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Open Guided Inquiry Laboratory in Physics Teacher Education
Nivalainen, Ville; Asikainen, Mervi A.; Hirvonen, Pekka E.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v24 n3 p449-474 Apr 2013
This study has investigated the use of an open guided inquiry laboratory course in which a group of pre-service teachers planned and implemented practical work for school purposes. A total of 32 pre-service teachers (physics, mathematics, and chemistry majors) participated in the study. Each participant wrote a reflective essay after completing the course, and three pre-service teachers were interviewed four times during the course. The results show that the use of an open guided inquiry environment provides support for pre-service teachers to discover the limits of their understanding of subject matter knowledge, allowing them to construct knowledge in a different kind of environment from any they had possessed previously, and helping them to understand the possibilities of practical work in teaching. In the course of developing their competence in these aspects, pre-service teachers also gain an understanding of various aspects of teachers' knowledge.
Descriptors: Physics, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Inquiry, Active Learning, Preservice Teachers, Interviews, Essays, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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