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ERIC Number: EJ1015831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
Science Coursework and Pedagogical Beliefs of Science Teachers: The Case of Science Teachers in the Philippines
Macugay, Eva B.; Bernardo, Allan B. I.
Science Education International, v24 n1 p63-77 Mar 2013
Science coursework is an important element of the pre-service education of science teachers. In this study we test the hypothesis that more science coursework influences pedagogical beliefs of science teachers by studying the pedagogical beliefs of 305 Filipino science teachers. We compared pedagogical beliefs of primary school (less science coursework) versus secondary school (more coursework) science teachers, and also science majors versus non-science majors. Results of the comparisons indicated that more science coursework is related to stronger endorsement of the belief that teaching involves providing support for learning, and to weaker endorsement of the belief that learning is limited by ability and by cultural beliefs. The results are discussed in terms of strong science content knowledge providing the anchors for reflecting on their teaching. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Philippines
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