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ERIC Number: EJ849712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Different Conceptions of the Nature of Science among Preservice Elementary Teachers of Two Countries
Park, Do-Yong; Lee, Yong Bok
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v21 n2 p1-14 Spr 2009
This study examined the differences of the nature of science (NOS) conceptions portrayed by preservice teachers in Korea (N = 42) and the United States (N = 50). We conducted a survey of preservice elementary science teachers' NOS conceptions followed by interviews in both countries to further investigate their viewpoints. The NOS domains of this investigation were Relativism versus Positivism, Inductivism versus Deductivism, Contextualism versus Decontextualism, Process versus Content, and Instrumentalism versus Realism. Findings indicated that preservice elementary science teachers' images of science were dominated by Relativism and Process in both countries. The conceptions of preservice teachers were different, however, in Inductivism versus Deductivism, Contextualism versus Decontextualism, and Instrumentalism versus Realism. Implications of these findings are discussed at the end of this article. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea; United States