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An Analysis from Different Variables of Views of Pre-Service Science Teachers in Turkey on the Nature of Science

Author Affiliations

  • 1Kırıkkale University Faculty of Education, Kırıkkale, TURKEY
  • 2 Giresun University Faculty of Education, Giresun, TURKEY
  • 3 Kırıkkale University Institute of Science, Kırıkkale, TURKEY

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 1, Issue (8), Pages 29-35, August,2 (2012)

Abstract

It is known that the level of welfare is higher in societies that scientific knowledge is integrated with individuals’ lives. In this sense, it is of vital importance to apprehend the nature of science; that is, to understand what scientific knowledge is, what it involves, and how it evolves. Professional competency of science and technology teachers, who have an essential role in teaching the nature of science, is also very important. Considering the fact that pre-service science teachers’ will teach science and technology course in future, an analysis of their knowledge and their view on the nature of science becomes significant. For this purpose it was aimed to determine pre-service science teachers’ views on the nature of science. Descriptive research methodology was used in this research. Research data was collected through the “Views on Science and Education Questionnaire (VOSE)”, which was developed by Chen. The questionnaire was translated into Turkish by researchers, and its reliability and validity tests were conducted. The sample of the study is composed of 237 students, who are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year science education students, studying at Giresun and Kirikkale Universities. The study revealed that views on the nature of science do not change according to the class level, and students have certain insufficiencies to understand the dimensions of nature of science.

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