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Is it natural or processed? Elementary school teachers and conceptions about materials

Schibeci, R. and Hickey, R. (2000) Is it natural or processed? Elementary school teachers and conceptions about materials. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 37 (10). pp. 1154-1170.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/1098-2736(200012)37:10<1...
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Abstract

This paper explores the science content knowledge of elementary school teachers, and its possible role in helping them teach effectively. These issues are explored in the context of an investigation of the views of 106 elementary school teachers who had participated in professional development courses which focused on the topic “natural and processed materials.” These practising teachers revealed a range of conceptions about materials, which have been categorized into broad types. Some of the teachers showed shifts in conceptions, from what could be described as “naïve” conceptions to more scientific views, after a 2-day professional development activity.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/6427
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