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Type: Journal article
Title: The development,trial and evaluation of a constructiviust teaching and learning approach in a preservice science teacher education program
Author: Hand, Brian
Peterson, Raymond Frederick
Citation: Research in Science Education, 1995; 25(1):75-88
Publisher: Australian Science Education Research Association
Issue Date: 1995
ISSN: 0157-244X
Department: ACUE (now Learning and Teaching Development Unit)
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Brian Hand and Ray Peterson
Abstract: This paper reports on the use of a constructivist teaching/learning approach to improve first year pre-service primary teachers' confidence in, and attitude to, teaching science. The two-semester program was based on allowing the students to explore science concepts in detail during the first semester and then developing constructivist pedagogy in the second semester. There were many benefits reported by students including ownership of knowledge, the development of pedagogic skills and the use of group work to develop ideas. However, a number of concems were raised such as uncertainty of knowing what to do when exploring knowledge for themselves and the lack of note taking which occurred. A number of issues that need to be considered when re-implementing the program are discussed.
Description: Available online: Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Rights: © 1995 Springer, Part of Springer Science+Business Media
DOI: 10.1007/BF02356461
Appears in Collections:Centre for Learning and Professional Development publications

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