Turkish prospective chemistry teachers' beliefs about chemistry teaching


Boz Y. , Uzuntiryaki E.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION, vol.28, no.14, pp.1647-1667, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 14
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09500690500439132
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.1647-1667

Abstract

In order to study the beliefs of Turkish prospective chemistry teachers about teaching chemistry, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 prospective teachers. Analysis of the interviews revealed that most of the prospective teachers held intermediate (transition between constructivist and traditional) beliefs about chemistry teaching. Most of the student teachers exhibited inconsistencies in their beliefs about teaching chemistry. The findings indicate the complexity of the teachers' belief systems and imply the significance of identifying prospective teachers' beliefs for the design of teacher education programs.