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ERIC Number: EJ781188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
The Change of Science Teachers' Personal Knowledge about Teaching Models and Modelling in the Context of Science Education Reform
Henze, Ineke; Van Driel, Jan; Verloop, Nico
International Journal of Science Education, v29 n15 p1819-1846 Dec 2007
In order to enhance teachers' professional awareness, it is necessary to understand and value their subjective or personal knowledge and beliefs. This study investigated the change of science teachers' personal knowledge about teaching models and modeling in science within the context of educational reform in The Netherlands. The study followed nine experienced science teachers during the first years of the implementation of a new syllabus, which emphasizes models and modeling. Data collection consisted of the repeated administration of a Repertory Grid instrument. From the results, three different types of personal knowledge concerning teaching models and modeling in science were identified, each of which showed significant change over time. Type 1 combined modeling as an activity undertaken by students with the learning of specific model content. In Type 2, the learning of model content was combined with critical reflection on the role and nature of models in science. Finally, in Type 3, the learning of model content involved both students' production and revision of models, and a critical examination of the nature of scientific models in general. Implications for the teachers' professional development are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures. Appended to this document is "The Rep Grid Procedure.") [Funding for this project and article was provided by Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, The Netherlands).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands