Out in the field: examining the role of school-based experiences in preparing primary pre-service teachers as confident and competent teachers of science

Fitzgerald, Angela (2020) Out in the field: examining the role of school-based experiences in preparing primary pre-service teachers as confident and competent teachers of science. International Journal of Science Education, 42 (2). pp. 290-309.

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Abstract

At a basic level, it makes sense to involve pre-service teachers in school-based experiences (SBE) as a way of preparing them for the teaching profession. Little is known, however, about how SBEs might prepare pre-service teachers as future teachers of particular learning areas. The purpose of this study was to explore the impacts and highlight the implications of school-based experiences on primary pre-service teachers’ confidence and competence in relation to the learning and teaching of science. Detailed questionnaires were completed by 146 primary pre-service teachers enrolled in a science education curriculum and pedagogy unit. In making further sense of this snapshot, 18 pre-service teachers participated in focus group interviews to share their insights. Key findings revealed that SBEs have an important role to play in breaking down barriers to the formation of a science learner/teacher identity and provide a lived experience of science learning/teaching that is ultimately critical in empowering primary pre-service teachers to teach science. Overall this project clarified the value of incorporating SBE into teacher education, particularly in relation to the learning area of science, but raised questions about this approach could be innovated to ensure equity and accessibility for pre-service teachers regardless of mode of study.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 04:09
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 03:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: School-based experiences; science teaching; initial teacher education; confidence; competence
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2019.1710618
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37740

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