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Student teachers' perceptions of science literacy learning


Knight, B and Waldrip, BG, Student teachers' perceptions of science literacy learning, Journal of Science Education, 10, (1) pp. 5-9. ISSN 0124-5481 (2009) [Refereed Article]


This study examined first-year primary student teachers' perceptions about teaching science and the vocabulary used in primary science. The study utilised a questionnaire to examine students' perceptions before they had received any formal science education instruction at the tertiary level. Perceptions of students' self-competence to teach primary science was related to their perceptions to explain selected vocabulary used in primary science. Similar relations existed between their explained meanings of the vocabulary and their ability to explain selected phenomena. There was a weaker relationship between students' perceived ability and actual performance. Interviews were used to explore their perceptions, understandings and explanations. Students' uses of oral genres were examined. Finally, areas of greatest assistance in developing students' further understanding of science were identified.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Primary education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Waldrip, BG (Professor Bruce Waldrip)
ID Code:95161
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-09-25
Last Modified:2014-12-24

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