Some remarks on a current study involving preservice elementary teachers and some basic astronomical phenomena

Gangui, Alejandro and Iglesias, Mar´ıa and Quinteros, Cynthia (2011) Some remarks on a current study involving preservice elementary teachers and some basic astronomical phenomena. In: The Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture. Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 260, 2009. International Astronomical Union, pp. 767-770.

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Abstract

Recent studies have shown that not only primary school students but also their future teachers reach science courses with pre-constructed and consistent models of the world surrounding them. These ideas include many misconceptions which turn out to be robust and hence make difficult an appropriate teaching-learning process. We have designed some tools (and show here results with a questionnaire) that proved helpful in putting in evidence some of the most frequently used alternative models on a few basic astronomical notions. We have tested this questionnaire with preservice elementary teachers from various normal schools in Buenos Aires and made a first analysis of the results. The collection of data recovered so far shows that some non-scientific conceptions are indeed part of the prospective teachers’ (scientific) background and, therefore, that the issue deserves special attention during their formal training.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2017 09:03
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1640

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