Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme?

Nicholas Souter, Morag Findlay

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Abstract

The nature of science (NOS) remains a central issue of pre-service teacher education. We considered the student teacher as a scientist, their background from undergraduate, previous postgraduate and life experiences as well as monitoring changes in their responses to a short questionnaire derived from McComas et al (1998). The study aimed to map the students' understanding of (NoS) with a view to developing their pedagogical content knowledge as well as establishing baseline data to measure the effect of future interventions during the pre-service programmes (such as teaching about NoS or the Philosophy of Science) It is also anticipated that we will be well placed to promote ACfE aspirations as well as informing our programme in relation to developing Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors who can contribute meaningfully to debates about controversial scientific issues.

Conference

ConferenceBritish Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference
CityEdinburgh, UK
Period3/09/086/09/08

Fingerprint

student teacher
philosophy of science
science
monitoring
citizen
questionnaire
Teaching
teacher
education
experience
student

Keywords

  • nature of science
  • pre-service teacher education
  • curriculum for excellence

Cite this

Souter, N., & Findlay, M. (2008). Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme?. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, UK, .
Souter, Nicholas ; Findlay, Morag. / Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme?. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, UK, .
@conference{5792897b93c5404e9cc657d74cca75b7,
title = "Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme?",
abstract = "The nature of science (NOS) remains a central issue of pre-service teacher education. We considered the student teacher as a scientist, their background from undergraduate, previous postgraduate and life experiences as well as monitoring changes in their responses to a short questionnaire derived from McComas et al (1998). The study aimed to map the students' understanding of (NoS) with a view to developing their pedagogical content knowledge as well as establishing baseline data to measure the effect of future interventions during the pre-service programmes (such as teaching about NoS or the Philosophy of Science) It is also anticipated that we will be well placed to promote ACfE aspirations as well as informing our programme in relation to developing Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors who can contribute meaningfully to debates about controversial scientific issues.",
keywords = "nature of science, pre-service teacher education, curriculum for excellence",
author = "Nicholas Souter and Morag Findlay",
year = "2008",
month = "9",
language = "English",
note = "British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference ; Conference date: 03-09-2008 Through 06-09-2008",

}

Souter, N & Findlay, M 2008, 'Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme?' Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 3/09/08 - 6/09/08, .

Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme? / Souter, Nicholas; Findlay, Morag.

2008. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, UK, .

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

TY - CONF

T1 - Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme?

AU - Souter, Nicholas

AU - Findlay, Morag

PY - 2008/9

Y1 - 2008/9

N2 - The nature of science (NOS) remains a central issue of pre-service teacher education. We considered the student teacher as a scientist, their background from undergraduate, previous postgraduate and life experiences as well as monitoring changes in their responses to a short questionnaire derived from McComas et al (1998). The study aimed to map the students' understanding of (NoS) with a view to developing their pedagogical content knowledge as well as establishing baseline data to measure the effect of future interventions during the pre-service programmes (such as teaching about NoS or the Philosophy of Science) It is also anticipated that we will be well placed to promote ACfE aspirations as well as informing our programme in relation to developing Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors who can contribute meaningfully to debates about controversial scientific issues.

AB - The nature of science (NOS) remains a central issue of pre-service teacher education. We considered the student teacher as a scientist, their background from undergraduate, previous postgraduate and life experiences as well as monitoring changes in their responses to a short questionnaire derived from McComas et al (1998). The study aimed to map the students' understanding of (NoS) with a view to developing their pedagogical content knowledge as well as establishing baseline data to measure the effect of future interventions during the pre-service programmes (such as teaching about NoS or the Philosophy of Science) It is also anticipated that we will be well placed to promote ACfE aspirations as well as informing our programme in relation to developing Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors who can contribute meaningfully to debates about controversial scientific issues.

KW - nature of science

KW - pre-service teacher education

KW - curriculum for excellence

UR - http://www.beraconference.co.uk/2008/index.html

M3 - Paper

ER -

Souter N, Findlay M. Student teachers views on the nature of science: do they change during a one year pre-service programme?. 2008. Paper presented at British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, UK, .