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ERIC Number: EJ894839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1306-3065
The Application of Problem Solving Method on Science Teacher Trainees on the Solution of the Environmental Problems
Dogru, Mustafa
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v3 n1 p9-18 Jan 2008
Helping students to improve their problems solving skills is the primary target of science teacher trainees. In modern science, for training the students, methods should be used for improving their thinking skills, making connections with events and concepts and scientific operations skills rather than information and definition giving. One of these methods is problem solving. In this study, it is shown that problem solving is not just solving a movement problem like in physics, as it is understood by most science teachers, but it can be used also in social problems like environmental problems. Furthermore, scientific operation skills, problem solving attitudes and academic success of teacher trainees who use problem solving method in solving environmental problems are investigated. The study is an experimental work, and pre-test, last-test grouped patterns are used. The study has been carried on with 102 students of Gazi University, Gazi Education Faculty, Primary Education Department, and Science Teacher Sciences of the 2003-2004 Academic Years. In the experimental group, the problem solving method is used, whereas in the control group, traditional methods are used. The data gathered to test the study hypothesis were evaluated by using the SPSS package program. As a result of the analyses, it is found that science teaching based on problem solving improves scientific operations skills of the teacher trainees, increases their attitude points towards problem solving, and increases their grades to be obtained in environment success tests. (Contains 13 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey