Adaptation of an epistemological belief instrument towards chemistry and chemistry lessons


Yildiran D., Demirci N., Tuysuz M., Bektas O., GEBAN Ö.

3rd World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES), İstanbul, Turkey, 3 - 07 February 2011, vol.15 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 15
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.04.362
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The purpose of this study was adapting an instrument into Turkish which is developed by a research group in California University for identifying pre-service science teachers' epistemological beliefs toward chemistry. The adapted instrument is a likert type instrument with five scales, includes 18 items and it was applied to 100 pre-service sicence teachers to determine their epistemological beliefs in 2009-2010 spring semester. The reliability of the instrument was found as .59. It was concluded that this adapted instrument can be used to determine teachers' and students' epistemological beliefs toward chemistry. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.