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ERIC Number: EJ900910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
Preservice Teachers' Conceptions about Animals and Particularly about Spiders
Jambrina, Carmen Urones; Vacas, Jose Manuel; Sanchez-Barbudo, Miguel
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v8 n2 p787-814 2010
Introduction: This article explores the scientific ideas and alternative conceptions that pre-service teachers have regarding animal classification and spiders in particular. Method: The study involved 40 pre-service teachers of elementary education in Spain and the data was collected by means of questionnaires, descriptions and drawings. The students completed all the tests proposed in this research at the beginning of class sessions. Results: We found several misconceptions, some of them consistent with children's interpretations. The results show that the majority had great difficulty distinguishing between vertebrates and invertebrates, and although all the participants said they were familiar with spiders the results indicate that the majority have scarce knowledge of them. Discussion and conclusions: These prospective teachers may begin teaching at school without really having a good understanding of living things. These results should serve to reformulate the current development of the curriculum on invertebrates in Spain and foster practical instruction about living organisms for future teachers. (Contains 5 tables, 12 figures and 6 online resources.)
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain