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DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BE5.V2/S22.015

NATURE OF SCIENCE, MODELS AND EARTH STRUCTURE MODELS: PORTUGUESE PROSPECTIVE SCIENCE TEACHERS’ VIEWS

Torres, R. Moura, C. Vasconcelos, Amador
Tuesday 6 August 2013 by Libadmin2013

References: 13th SGEM GeoConference on Ecology, Economics, Education And Legislation, www.sgem.org, SGEM2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-05-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 16-22, 2013, Vol. 2, 461 - 468 pp

ABSTRACT

Student knowledge of Nature of Science (NOS) is an important and critical issue to their understanding of science, as well as to the development of scientific literacy. In the same way, the ability to use and generate models is central to scientific literacy and to the learning of science. Having this in mind, and recognizing that teachers’ views and practices strongly influence students’ learning, we intended to evaluate Portuguese prospective science teachers’ (PPST) views of Nature of Science (NOS), models and earth structure models. A questionnaire, focused on those aspects, was applied to 19 prospective science teachers at the University of Porto. In general, the majority of the participants revealed correct perceptions about those issues. However, some inconsistences and alternative conceptions were found.

Keywords: Geo-Science Education; Nature of Science; Scientific Models; Earth Structure Models; Prospective Science Teachers’ Views.