Improving science teachers' nature of science views through an innovative continuing professional development program


Kartal E. E. , Cobern W. W. , Dogan N., Irez S., ÇAKMAKCI G. , YALAKİ Y.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STEM EDUCATION, vol.5, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s40594-018-0125-4
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STEM EDUCATION

Abstract

Background: This study describes how teachers' nature of science (NOS) views changed throughout an innovative Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program that provided sustained support throughout the process in a collaborative and reflective environment and activities that are consistent with the current curriculum and NOS tenets integrated within. Eighteen in-service science teachers enrolled in a yearlong nature of science, Continuing Professional Development (NOS-CPD) program. Data were collected by pre/post-interviews using the Views of Nature of ScienceForm C (VNOS-C) questionnaire, and a post-interview using an open-ended questionnaire developed by researchers to uncover teacher reactions to the NOS-CPD program.