Prospective chemistry teachers' perceptions of their profession : the state of the art in Slovenia and Finland

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Savec , V F , Urankar , B , Aksela , M & Devetak , I 2017 , ' Prospective chemistry teachers' perceptions of their profession : the state of the art in Slovenia and Finland ' , Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society , vol. 82 , no. 10 , pp. 1193-1210 . https://doi.org/10.2298/JSC161221083S

Title: Prospective chemistry teachers' perceptions of their profession : the state of the art in Slovenia and Finland
Author: Savec, Vesna Ferk; Urankar, Bernarda; Aksela, Maija; Devetak, Iztok
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society
ISSN: 0352-5139
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/232293
Abstract: The main purpose of this paper is to present Slovenian and Finnish prospective chemistry teachers' perceptions of their future profession, especially with regard to their understanding of the role of the triple nature of chemical concepts (macro, submicro and symbolic) and their representations in chemistry learning. A total of 19 prospective teachers (10 Slovenian, 9 Finnish) at master's level in chemical education participated in the research. The prospective teachers' opinions were gathered using an electronic questionnaire comprising six open-ended questions. The study revealed many parallels between Slovenian and Finnish prospective chemistry teachers' perceptions of their future profession and their understanding of the role of the triple nature of chemical concepts, especially particle representations, in chemistry learning. The majority of the prospective teachers from both countries believe that personal characteristics are the most important attribute of a successful chemistry teacher. Thus, they highly value teachers' enthusiasm for teaching and the use of contemporary teaching approaches in chemistry. The prospective teachers displayed an adequate understanding of the role of the triple nature of chemical concepts (i.e., particle representations) in the planning and implementation of a specific chemistry lesson.
Subject: attributes of a chemistry teacher
chemistry teacher profession
triple nature of chemical concepts
particle representations
MENTAL MODELS
STUDENTS
EDUCATION
SCIENCE
CONCEPTIONS
MOLECULES
LEVEL
IDEAS
REPRESENTATIONS
EXPLANATIONS
116 Chemical sciences
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