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ERIC Number: EJ1015830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
Using the Notion of "Wonder" to Develop Positive Conceptions of Science with Future Primary Teachers
Gilbert, Andrew
Science Education International, v24 n1 p6-32 Mar 2013
A common challenge for many primary pre-service teacher educators is to rekindle interest in science content with future teachers who often express a lifetime of negative associations with school science. This pilot study investigated if the notion of wonder could be utilized with preservice teachers as a vehicle to develop more positive conceptions of science as an answer to our current "crisis of interest" as described by Tytler (2007). Findings suggested the use of a wonder framework generated an increased interest and more positive views regarding science content. Key student cases demonstrated a shift in desire to learn science content that they had claimed to detest before engaging in the experiences related to the study. In all, the results of utilizing a wonder framework with adult students offered promising results. This study further argues that we may need to conceptualize school science as not just a way to understand the world but also to clearly demonstrate that it is a field of inquiry that is sustained by mystery, beauty and wonder. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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