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ERIC Number: EJ883547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1108
Another Piece of the Puzzle: The Relationship between Beliefs and Practice in Higher Education Organic Chemistry
Farre, Andrea Soledad; Lorenzo, Maria Gabriela
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v10 n2 p176-184 2009
An original study about beliefs, conceptions and discourse analyses of organic chemistry teachers is presented. We used Likert questionnaires and discourse analysis to examine conceptions of the nature of science, learning and teaching at university level. A case study of four female teachers with varying experience and teacher training was performed. The results show that when teachers were asked about their beliefs, they tended to express constructivist ideas, especially about the nature of science. However, in their practical discourse, during the classes, they exhibited more traditional positions. The discourse analyses then become a powerful tool which can be considered a beliefsgate to analyse conceptions. (Contains 2 notes, 5 tables, and 2 figures.)
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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: Argentina