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ERIC Number: EJ1123381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
A Comparison of Experienced and Preservice Elementary School Teachers' Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge about Electric Circuits
Lin, Jing-Wen
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v13 n3 p835-856 Mar 2017
This study investigated the differences between Taiwanese experienced and preservice elementary school science teachers' content knowledge (CK) about electric circuits and their ability to predict students' preconceptions about electric circuits as an indicator of their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). An innovative web-based recruitment and data collection technique were involved to purposeful collect samples totalling of 76 experienced teachers, 85 preservice teachers, and 438 students. Confidence assessment was used to assist in identifying alternative conceptions. Results indicated the experienced teachers possessed more acceptable CK with higher confidence than the preservice teachers. However, both groups' predictions of students' conceptions about electric circuits were not significantly different in two-thirds of the test items, and their learning experiences were the main source used to predict students' preconceptions. This study suggests establishing science teacher qualification to enhance preservice teachers' CK, and helping both preservice and inservice teachers become aware of their students' preconceptions were needed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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