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A Hard Nut to Crack - Improving Primary Trainee Teacher Confidence in Teaching Physical Processes Topics.

Howard, Colin and Blackmore, Karen (2015) A Hard Nut to Crack - Improving Primary Trainee Teacher Confidence in Teaching Physical Processes Topics. Science Teacher Education, 73. pp. 20-30. ISSN 175-915X

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This article puts forward a model of effective teacher training in primary science in the area of physical processes (highlighted as a potential area of concern in children’s learning, Ofsted 2011). Throughout their “learning journey” trainee teachers were encouraged to examine their own misconceptions and their awareness of children’s’ alternative frameworks. Before, during and after a six week teaching intervention, trainee teachers reflected upon their own ability to teach topics such as forces. Progress was monitored by trainee teacher written reflective responses to taught university sessions and a questionnaire designed to measure perceived teacher self-efficacy. It was found by using a multisensory, co-constructive training regime that perceived trainee teacher self-efficacy could be improved significantly, resulting in more confident trainee teachers.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher training, primary science, physical processes
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
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Depositing User: Colin Howard
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 14:39
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2015 14:39
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3750

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