Interpreting future physics teachers reflections on their professional practice during initial formation: the search for teaching autonomy construction

Article English OPEN
Rodolfo Langhi ; Roberto Nardi (2012)
  • Publisher: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Journal: Investigações em Ensino de Ciências (issn: 1518-8795)
  • Subject: teacher´s autonomy | Education (General) | physics teaching | Science (General) | Q1-390 | L7-991 | initial teacher education | physics teaching practice | formative triangulation
    acm: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION

This research intends to answer the following main question: which traces of teacher autonomy construction are possible to achieve during reflective formative processes in disciplines like Methodology and Physics Teaching Practice carried out during three semesters, in an undergraduate program designed to physics teachers´ initial education? Using an analytical device based on teachers education research assumptions, which we called convergent formative triangulation for progressive teaching autonomy, we had as a main objective the search for the chance to achieve progressive levels of teachers autonomy, according to its three teacher professionalization models, present in a critical and transformative perspective, relating them to the current formative paradigms: the contents based one, the humanist, the activist, the reflective and the technical (approaches we called CHART). Taking into consideration future physics teachers´ collective reflections about their own teaching practice, this research was supported by the following methodological instruments: focus group, coaching, self-confrontation and formative assessment, taking the discourse analysis as background. The outcomes of this research, which followed a sample of 40 future High School physics teachers during three semesters, through the use of five formative steps (planning, implementation, reflection, socialization, involvement and continuity), revealed the evidences of teachers autonomy construction, probably provided by their own teaching practice collective reflections, according to the analytical device used. This research showed that the reflections brakes provided during the process can allow the future teachers to position themselves critically in relation to their future pedagogical activities, even after their initial training. This experience leads us to rethink how subjects like Methodology and Teaching Practice have been teaching in the teachers’ education programs at the universities, where usually theory and practice are dissociated.
Share - Bookmark