Need for Danish science teachers' continual professional development after pre-service training

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Results from a survey of a local cohort of newly qualified Danish science teachers before

they began their first jobs in primary and lower secondary schools (n=110) show a need for

continual Professional Development (PD). The results highlight two main areas of concern

based on the newly qualified teachers´ reflections on scenarios of science teaching, their

considerations about themselves as future science teachers etc.

These include a tendency for the teachers to limit Inquiry Based Science Teaching to activity

driven science, which suggests there is a need both in in-service PD and pre-service training

, which suggests there is a need both in in-service PD and pre-service training

to nudge the teachers away from science activities for motivation alone and towards

students‘ learning and how they may become scientifically literate‘. Furthermore the results

suggest that beliefs held by the teachers about their own subject matter knowledge may, for

a large subgroup in the cohort, affect how the teachers‘ approach the physics content when

teaching primary Science & Technology (grade 1-6 in the Danish schools). Beside this the

cohort can be divided into subgroups with great variation in strengths and weaknesses when

it comes to being agents in contemporary science teaching. This description of subgroups

may be an analytical tool when planning school based PD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXIV IOSTE Symposium, Bled,Slovenia, June 13. - 18. 2010  Socio-cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education
Number of pages12
PublisherInstitute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana
Publication year2010
Pages739-750
ISBN (Electronic)978-961-92882-1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventXIV IOSTE Symposium, Bled, Socio-cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education - BLED, Slovenia
Duration: 13 Jun 201018 Jun 2010

Conference

ConferenceXIV IOSTE Symposium, Bled, Socio-cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education
LandSlovenia
ByBLED
Periode13/06/201018/06/2010

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