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ERIC Number: EJ1003462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
Primary Teachers' Understanding of Four Chemical Phenomena: Effect of an In-Service Training Course
Papageorgiou, George; Stamovlasis, Dimitrios; Johnson, Philip
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v24 n4 p763-787 Jun 2013
One hundred and thirty Greek primary school teachers participated in a study, where the effectiveness of a specially designed intervention on chemical changes was tested. The study took place in the wider context of an in-service training course where the key feature was an innovative approach based on the concept of a substance and its transformations, physical and chemical. In the present paper the focus is on the chemical transformations of substances. Pre-intervention, teachers were found to have a relatively limited ability in explaining chemical changes, which depends on the characteristics of the particular change, and they held a number of misconceptions similar to those of pupils. Post-intervention, teachers' descriptions and explanations were found to be significantly improved. Also, a relationship between teachers' particle ideas and their explanations was found. Implications for science education are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece