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Determination of factors affecting preschool teacher candidates' attitudes towards science teaching

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Timur, Betul
Date Issued: Fall 2012
Description: The purpose of this study was to determine preschool teacher candidates' attitudes towards science teaching and to examine the reasons behind their attitudes in depth. In this study, mixed methods were used including quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data gained by attitudes towards science teaching scale, qualitative data gained by focus group interview with 10 preschool senior teacher candidates. Data were analyzed by content analysis methods. At the end of the analysis four themes were attained. These four themes are; science content knowledge, experience of science teaching, opinions of the science education course in their undergraduate program, knowledge of science teaching methods. Preshool teacher candidates' attitudes towards science teaching were obtained good level. However, comfort-discomfort sub-dimension was identified as having medium attitude score. In addition, as a result of focus group interview data, science content knowledge and positive science teaching experience have been found to be most effective positive attitudes towards science teaching. In light of results obtained from the study, educational suggestions for preschool teacher candidates' attitudes towards science teaching are made. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Kuram ve Uygulamada Edytym Bylymlery
Volume Number: 12
Issue Number: 4
Page Range: 2997-3009
Topics: International Child Care & Early Education > Single-Country Studies

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Country: Turkey
ISSN: 1303-0485 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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