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ERIC Number: EJ884084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Improving Prospective Teachers' Knowledge about Scientific Models and Modelling: Design and Evaluation of a Teacher Education Intervention
Danusso, Luciana; Testa, Italo; Vicentini, Matilde
International Journal of Science Education, v32 n7 p871-905 May 2010
Evidence of the role of models in the teaching/learning process in science education is well documented in literature. A crucial role in this process is played by teachers. It is therefore important to design teacher education intervention focused on models and modelling. Although recognized as important by many authors, few attempts have been carried out and with a limited success. This paper reports of a three-year-long study whose aims can be summarized as follows: to investigate the knowledge of scientific models and modelling of physics, mathematics, and engineering prospective teachers; to explore the effectiveness of a research-based teacher education intervention aimed at improving knowledge about scientific models and modelling; to inspect the effects of a refinement process of the intervention based on a design-trial-redesign cycle. About 400 prospective teachers from two Italian universities were involved in the study. The results show that the knowledge about models and modelling of prospective teachers after the four- or five-year degree diploma is still rather poor and confused. On the other hand, the implementation results support the effectiveness of the designed intervention and of the refinement process. Implications which may give a contribution to more general research problems related to models and modelling in science education are also discussed. (Contains 13 tables, 7 figures and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy