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ERIC Number: EJ832078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1609-4913
Changing Children's Views of Science and Scientists through School-Based Teaching
Jane, Beverley; Fleer, Marilyn; Gipps, John
Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, v8 n1 Article 11 Jun 2007
Stereotypical views of scientists portrayed in the media, and how science is currently taught in Australian schools, both contribute to many students not studying science beyond Year 10. Reports on the status of science teaching in primary schools still tend to focus on the individual teacher's lack of confidence and inadequate content knowledge, and the limited resources available to support science teaching. To date few studies have examined how pre-service teachers engage with science content and pedagogy. From a cultural-historical perspective, the data in this study took three forms. Firstly, children's drawings of scientists were collected. Secondly, children's comments about science before and after a teaching sequence in science were documented. Thirdly, pre-service teachers' reflections on the changes in children's views after the teaching sequence in primary classrooms. Data analysis showed that when each child is valued in a communal context, and engages in relevant, hands-on science activities, the children's views of scientists are challenged, with some beginning to see themselves as rudimentary scientists. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia