Views of Nature of Science of Prospective Teachers from Different Majors

Nuri Balta & Derya Kaltakci-Gurel

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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess the nature of science (NOS) views of prospective teachers from different majors (sport, engineering, science, health, social sciences, math, and economy) and investigate whether these views were related to their gender and majors. 141 prospective teachers (58 males and 83 females) having pedagogical training course during the 2014-2015 academic year were participated in this study. Teacher candidates were administered a survey covering 18 translated Views on Science-Technology-Society items. Participant responses were categorized as “realistic, plausible and naïve” and the frequency variations for these answers were contrasted for gender and majors. The Chi-square ( 2) statistics tests results together with the
frequency distributions indicated that prospective teachers from different majors did not hold stable views through the target NOS characteristics and the male participants’ views were mostly similar to those of female participants. Moreover, participants’ views were not generally related to their majors. Findings of the study were also interpreted by taking into account the critiques to the consensus views of NOS.

Keywords: Consensus view of NOS; Nature of science; Science views of prospective teachers; Pedagogical training course.

Please Cite: Balta, N., & Kaltakci-Gurel, D. (2021). Views of Nature of Science of Prospective Teachers from Different Majors. The European Educational Researcher, 4(3), 291-309.                  DOI: https://doi.org/10.31757/euer432

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