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ERIC Number: EJ986414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
Teaching about Science Teaching and Learning through an Experimental Inquiry Approach
Ma, Hon Suen
Australian Journal of Education, v48 n2 p182-198 Aug 2004
This study investigates the effect of a science teaching approach--the experimental inquiry approach--on preservice student teachers' understanding of the teaching and learning of science in primary schools. This understanding might be influenced by their prior science learning experiences in schools and in teacher education. In this study, the experimental inquiry approach was implemented in the teaching of two exemplary science units in a teacher education module. Pre-tests and post-tests about their views of the teaching and learning of science were conducted and analysed. Their views, expectations and limitations of teaching science in primary schools in ways congruent to the experimental inquiry approach were also probed, as was the feasibility of implementing the experimental inquiry approach in primary schools during their teaching practicum. (Contains 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong