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Influencing intended teaching practice: Exploring pre-service teachers' perceptions of science teaching resources


Cooper, G and Kenny, J and Fraser, S, Influencing intended teaching practice: Exploring pre-service teachers' perceptions of science teaching resources, International Journal of Science Education, 34, (12) pp. 1883-1908. ISSN 0950-0693 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09500693.2012.698762


Many researchers have identified and expressed concern over the state of science education internationally, but primary teachers face particular obstacles when teaching science due to their poor science background and low confidence with science. Research has suggested that exemplary resources, or units that work, may be an effective way to support primary teachers. This study explores the effect of one such resource on the intentions of pre-service primary teachers to teach science. The resource in question is Primary Connections, a series of learning resources produced by the Australian Academy of Science specifically designed for primary science. Evaluative studies of Primary Connections have indicated its efficacy with practising primary teachers but there is little evidence of its impact upon pre-service teachers. The purpose of this study was to investigate how effective these quality teaching resources were in influencing the intentions of primary pre-service teachers to teach science after they graduated. The theory of planned behaviour highlighted the linkage between the intentions of the pre-service teachers to teach science, and their awareness of and experiences with using Primary Connections during their education studies. This enabled key factors to be identified which influenced the intentions of the pre-service teachers to use Primary Connections to teach science after they graduate. The study also provided evidence of how quality science teaching resources can be effectively embedded in a teacher education programme as a means of encouraging and supporting pre-service teachers to teach science.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pre-service teacher training, primary science, PCK, theory of planned behaviour, units that work, primary connections
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Cooper, G (Mr Grant Cooper)
UTAS Author:Kenny, J (Associate Professor John Kenny)
UTAS Author:Fraser, S (Professor Sharon Fraser)
ID Code:79394
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-09-10
Last Modified:2015-02-11

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