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A comparison of trained and untrained science teachers' views about certain aspects of the nature of science
Curriculum and specific curriculum areas - Sciences
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Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 26 - 30 November, 2006
This paper reports on the results of a simple paper-pen questionnaire study involving certain key aspects of the nature of science. The questionnaire covers, among other things, aspects such as uniqueness of the scientific method, objectivity of scientific data, and immutability of scientific laws. The survey was given out to 80 trainee teachers enrolled in a full-time pre-service post graduate diploma in education (secondary) i.e. PGDE (S) programme while they were doing their curriculum studies at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. A similar questionnaire was given out to 42 in-service teachers at the beginning of their part time Master in Education (Science Education Specialization) i.e., MEd (Sc Ed) course. The views of these trained or in-service teachers were compared with those of the trainee teachers in this paper.
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