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ERIC Number: EJ884065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 78
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Primary Teachers' Particle Ideas and Explanations of Physical Phenomena: Effect of an In-Service Training Course
Papageorgiou, George; Stamovlasis, Dimitrios; Johnson, Phil Michael
International Journal of Science Education, v32 n5 p629-652 Mar 2010
This paper presents a study concerning Greek primary school teachers' (n = 162) ideas about the particulate nature of matter and their explanations of physical phenomena. The study took place during an in-service training course where the effectiveness of a specially designed intervention was tested. A key feature was an approach based on the concept of a substance and its states rather than "solids, liquids, and gases". Pre-intervention, the teachers held misconceptions similar to those of pupils. Also, there seemed to be some relationship between the teachers' particle model ideas and their explanations of phenomena. Post-intervention, the teachers' descriptions and explanations were found to be significantly improved, with almost zero correlation between pre- and post-intervention scores. Implications for science education are discussed. (Contains 10 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece