publication . Article . 2012

The Impact of a Curriculum Course on Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Science Content Knowledge and Attitudes towards Teaching Science.

Murphy, Clíona; Smith, Greg;
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  • Published: 31 Jan 2012 Journal: Irish Educational Studies, volume 31, pages 77-95 (issn: 0332-3315, eissn: 1747-4965, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: Ireland
Abstract
Many primary school teachers have insufficient content and pedagogical knowledge of science. This lack of knowledge can often lead to a lack of confidence and competence in teaching science. This article explores the impact of a year-long science methodology (curriculum science) course on second year Bachelor of Education (BEd) students' conceptual and pedagogical knowledge of science and on their attitudes towards teaching science in the primary classroom. A questionnaire, containing closed and open questions, was administered to students at the beginning and end of their science methodology course. The findings revealed that the science course had a positive i...
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ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION
free text keywords: Teaching, primary science; initial teacher education; science conceptual knowledge; attitudes towards science, Education
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