Preservice biology teachers' scientific reasoning skills and beliefs about nature of science

How do they develop and is there a mutual relationship during the development?

verfasst von
Daniela Mahler, Denise Bock, Till Bruckermann
Abstract

Scientific reasoning (SR) skills and nature of science (NOS) beliefs represent important characteristics of biology teachers’ professional competence. In particular, teacher education at university is formative for the professionalization of future teachers and is thus the focus of the current study. Our study aimed to examine the development of SR skills and NOS beliefs and their mutual relationship during teacher education. We applied paper-and-pencil tests to measure SR skills and NOS beliefs of 299 preservice biology teachers from 25 universities in Germany. The results of linear mixed models and planned comparisons revealed that both SR skills and NOS beliefs develop over the course of the study. Nevertheless, the development of SR skills and multiple aspects of NOS beliefs proceeds in different trajectories. Cross-lagged models showed a complex picture concerning the mutual relationship between SR skills and NOS beliefs during their development (both positive and negative). The current study contributes to the existing research because it is based on longitudinal data and allows—in contrast to cross-sectional research—conclusions about the development of SR skills and NOS beliefs.

Organisationseinheit(en)
Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft
Externe Organisation(en)
IPN - Leibniz-Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik
Freie Universität Berlin
Typ
Artikel
Journal
Education Sciences
Band
11
ISSN
2227-7102
Publikationsdatum
18.09.2021
Publikationsstatus
Veröffentlicht
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Informatik (sonstige), Informatik (insg.), Ausbildung bzw. Denomination, Physiotherapie, Sporttherapie und Rehabilitation, Pädagogische und Entwicklungspsychologie, Public administration, Angewandte Informatik
Elektronische Version(en)
https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11090558 (Zugang: Offen)