Turkish Prospective Kindergarten Teachers’ Conceptions Concerning some Selected Atmospheric Events
International Journal of Elementary Education
Volume 2, Issue 5, October 2013, Pages: 32-37
Received: Nov. 15, 2013; Published: Dec. 10, 2013
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Engin Baysen, Ataturk Education Faculty, Near East University, Nicosia, North Cyprus
Fatma Baysen, Ataturk Education Faculty, Near East University, Nicosia, North Cyprus
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Abstract
Prospective kindergarten teachers (n=144) participated in the present study including answering a questionnaire about conceptions concerning some selected events that occur in the atmosphere: wind, cloud, rain, hail, snow, thunder and lightning. Analysis included participants explanations (including participants’ teaching), and drawings (with notes) about the concept itself and occurrence of the event represented by the concept. All the participants in the present study were found to have had at least one misconception concerning the concepts or formation of the events which are good candidates for transmitting to the next generation; they are still found to be bound by stereotype phrases and overgeneralized use of clichés; lack knowledge and may have dual views concerning selected atmospheric events. Not in all contexts but they can use their conceptions consistently. They were found to have a tendency to use analogies and models while explaining events. Participants’ answers were categorized thus: affected; contaminated by teaching/ schooling and formed by worldview features of the participants. Implications for teaching are discussed.
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Prospective Teachers, Conceptions, Atmospheric Events
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Engin Baysen, Fatma Baysen, Turkish Prospective Kindergarten Teachers’ Conceptions Concerning some Selected Atmospheric Events, International Journal of Elementary Education. Vol. 2, No. 5, 2013, pp. 32-37. doi: 10.11648/j.ijeedu.20130205.11
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