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    Teaching Orientations of Freshman Pre-service Science Teachers

    Guven, Devrim and Mugaloglu, Ebru Z. and Doganca Kucuk, Zerrin and Cobern, William W. (2019) Teaching Orientations of Freshman Pre-service Science Teachers. Journal of Turkish Science Education, 16 (4). pp. 508-520. ISSN 1304-6020

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    The aim of this exploratory research is to understand teaching orientations of freshman pre-service science teachersand their rationales for those orientations. Through a mixed method, the current study collected quantitative(Pedagogy of Science Teaching Test) and qualitative(semi-structured interviews)data to deepen and analyze the research. The sample ofthe quantitative part in the study consisted of143 freshman pre-service science teachers (122 females and 21 males) purposefully drawn from a state university in Turkey. To understand theirrationalesoftheir teaching orientation preferences, semi-structured interviews were conducted with fourteen interviewees, who heldvarying science teaching orientations.The findings of this research showedthat the freshman pre-service science teachers hada variety of orientations that were not influenced by their earlier science learning experiences. Also, the results indicatedthat the orientations were largely related to the freshman pre-service science teachers‟ conceptions of „rolesof teachersand students, students‟gradesand nature of subject matter‟rather than their immediate experiences as learners. The current study recommends that theseconceptions shouldbe adressed in the teacher education programs with appropriate experiences that engage pre-service teachers to critical reflection throughout the teacher education program.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: PCK; preservice science teachers; teaching orientations;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 12437
    Depositing User: Zerrin Doganca Kucuk
    Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 11:03
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Turkish Science Education
    Publisher: Trabzon
    Refereed: No
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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