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Preservice teachers’ memories of their secondary science education experiences

Hudson, Peter, Usak, Muhammet, Fancovicova, Jane, Erdogan, Mehmet, & Prokop, Pavol (2010) Preservice teachers’ memories of their secondary science education experiences. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 19(3), pp. 546-552.

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Abstract

Understanding preservice teachers’ memories of their education may aid towards articulating high-impact teaching practices. This study describes 246 preservice teachers’ perceptions of their secondary science education experiences through a questionnaire and 28-item survey. ANOVA was statistically significant about participants’ memories of science with 15 of the 28 survey items. Descriptive statistics through SPSS further showed that a teacher’s enthusiastic nature (87%) and positive attitude towards science (87%) were regarded as highly memorable. In addition, explaining abstract concepts well (79%), and guiding the students’ conceptual development with practical science activities (73%) may be considered as memorable secondary science teaching strategies. Implementing science lessons with one or more of these memorable science teaching practices may “make a difference” towards influencing high school students’ positive long-term memories about science and their science education. Further research in other key learning areas may provide a clearer picture of high-impact teaching and a way to enhance pedagogical practices.

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ID Code: 39003
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: preservice teachers, preservice teachers memories, secondary science education experiences, science teaching practices, HERN
DOI: 10.1007/s10956-010-9221-z
ISSN: 1059-0145
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Springer.
Deposited On: 06 Dec 2010 15:16
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:11

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