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Primary school teachers’ views about problem solving in teaching and learning science
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Lee, L. K. W., & Tan, L. L. (1999). Primary school teachers’ views about problem solving in teaching and learning science. In S. P. Loo (Ed.), Proceeds of the MERA-ERA Joint conference 1999: Educational Challenges in the New Millennium (pp. 945-952). Malacca, Malaysia.
This study investigated how science teachers perceived problem solving in the
context of teaching and learning science in primary schools. Teachers’ views were probed
through a survey method using both open-ended and 5-point Likert-scaled type of questions.
Three hundred and forty eight trained teachers from 36 primary schools were involved in this
study. It was found that the teachers’ views about teaching and learning problem solving
ranged from the beginning aspects of the teaching process, such as the identification of a
problem/question for investigation, group work, developing basic and integrated process skills,
to the concluding aspects of the teaching process. However, some teachers seemed to have
misunderstood the nature of the problem-solving teaching approach. These findings have
implications for primary school science instruction and for programs for professional
development. Some of these implications will be addressed.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the MERA-ERA Joint Conference held at Malacca, Malaysia from 1-3 December 1999
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