A1 Journal article – refereed

Future Elementary School Teachers' Conceptual Change Concerning Photosynthesis




List of Authors: Ahopelto I, Mikkila-Erdmann M, Anto E, Penttinen M

Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD

Publication year: 2011

Journal: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

Journal name in source: SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH

Journal acronym: SCAND J EDUC RES

Number in series: 5

Volume number: 55

Issue number: 5

Number of pages: 13

ISSN: 0031-3831

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2010.550060


Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine conceptual change among future elementary school teachers while studying a scientific text concerning photosynthesis. Students' learning goals in relation to their learning outcomes were also examined. The participants were future elementary school teachers. The design consisted of pre- and post-tests. The study revealed that student teachers have severe misconceptions concerning photosynthesis. However, the results indicated that a coherent expository text works as an effective support in the learning process. Further, results showed that students who express high-level learning goals are more likely to undergo conceptual change than students with low-level learning goals. The study highlights the importance of science education in teacher training at universities.


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