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ERIC Number: EJ933967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1475-939X
Using the Internet in Science Teaching? Issues and Challenges for Initial Teacher Education
Childs, Ann; Sorensen, Peter; Twidle, John
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v20 n2 p143-160 2011
This article reports on a research study that looked at the issues and challenges of training new science teachers to use the Internet in their planning and teaching. It was conducted within three university departments in England and focused on an exploration of the issues and challenges facing trainee teachers in using the Internet in their science teaching and whether using the Internet in science teaching demands a new pedagogy. The research explored this area through investigating the use of a set of teacher education materials developed by the authors to enhance their trainee teachers' use of the Internet. The findings reveal that there are many similarities in the use of the Internet with other ICT or science activities, including pedagogical issues around how to organise group work, the role of the teacher and even the geography of the teaching environment. However, there were some key differences which the article highlights, particularly using the Internet as a resource for research activities in science which raised issues for teachers and pupils in selecting appropriate websites from such a wealth of information. The article ends with a consideration of the implications of these findings for initial teacher education in science. (Contains 2 notes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)