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ERIC Number: EJ1069605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Assessing the Nature of Science Views of Singaporean Pre-Service Teachers
Thye, Tan Lip; Kwen, Boo Hong
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v29 n2 Article 1 Nov 2004
Despite the many developments in the teaching of science, an aspect that continues to be neglected appears to be the character and nature of science (NOS). This is becoming especially important in the light of recent developments in pedagogy, as, for example, more teachers adopt constructivist methodologies and computing technology enables simulations that may blur the lines between models and reality. From the literature, it is known that teachers' modern NOS conceptions, though not a sufficient condition for transmission of modern NOS views, is necessary. In this study, pre-service teachers' NOS conceptions are assessed with an adapted Views of the Nature of Science (VNOS) instrument, originally designed by Lederman, Abd-El-Khalick, Bell, and Schwartz (2002). The modified instrument is an eight-item, open ended questionnaire--designed to elicit descriptive responses to common NOS misconceptions. Responses were analysed into coded categories of "informed", "uninformed", and "ambiguous". It was found that a significant proportion of teachers possessed uninformed views. Some implications for teaching and teacher education are presented in this paper for discussion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore