Teacher beliefs and constraints in implementing a context-based approach in chemistry

King, Donna T. (2007) Teacher beliefs and constraints in implementing a context-based approach in chemistry. Teaching Science: The Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association, 53(1), pp. 14-18.

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A new trial pilot syllabus adopting a context-based approach to Year 11 and 12 chemistry has been introduced over the last five years in Queensland classrooms in Australia. The term 'contextual approach' often means different things to different people. This study analyses interviews with twelve experienced teachers who are currently implementing this new approach. It reveals firstly that these teachers have a wide range of views about how a context-based approach to chemistry can be implemented; secondly, that the teachers believe a context-based approach makes chemistry more relevant; and thirdly, the teachers faced constraints such as parent/student resistance to change to enact their beliefs for teaching with a context-based approach. The purpose of the research was to explore teacher beliefs and constraints in implementing a context-based approach in chemistry.

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ID Code: 7641
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This paper is about the trial context-based chemistry syllabus implemented in Queensland schools.
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Keywords: Context, based teaching, Chemistry education, Teachers' views on chemistry education, trial chemistry syllabus in Queensland
ISSN: 1449-6313
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > OTHER CHEMICAL SCIENCES (039900) > Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry) (039901)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Science Teachers Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: This journal is available online.
Deposited On: 15 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:37

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