Prospective Science Teachers’ Views about the Process of Preparing Problem Scenarios and Designing Experiments to Produce Solutions: An Action Research
Cemal TOSUN 1  
 
 
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Bartin University
Publish date: 2018-01-17
 
International Journal of Physics and Chemistry Education 2017;9(4):9–19
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Background:
This study focuses on identifying the difficulties encountered and experiences gained by the prospective teachers as they worked in the process of preparing problem cases and designing experiments to solve those problems.

Material and methods:
The study sampling is a total of 44 prospective teachers, who are in the 3rd grade in Science Education Discipline of Primary Education Department of Education Faculty in a state university in northwest Turkey and took the course of Science Education and Laboratory Applications-II in the spring semester of 2014-15 school years. Study data was collected by using a questionnaire.

Results:
According to the results of this study, the prospective teachers had difficulties mostly in the areas of preparing original scenarios, designing original experiments for solutions and correlating scenario-gain-experiment-fiction; they thought that more attention should be paid to those subjects and they mainly had experiences in those areas during the process. In addition, another study result is that the use of PBL method at secondary school level depends on the suitability of gain-subject.

Conclusions:
According to the study results, after applying the PBL method, the secondary schools will gain cognitive level skills most, and also the method is effective in gaining knowledge.

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Cemal TOSUN   
Bartin University, Bartin University, 74100 BARTIN, Turkey
 
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