Epistemological Views of Prospective Physics Teachers

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Year-Number: 2011-Volume 3, Issue 3

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In this study, the epistemological views of 147 prospective physics teachers’, who are attending a faculty of education in Aegean Region, was tried to figure out. At the end of the research, it was seen that although there is no relationship between the learning centered epistemological views and academic grades, there is a meaningful but low relationship between the “justification of knowledge” factor of knowledge centered epistemological views and academic grades. On the other hand, while the learning centered epistemological views were not differentiated with gender, it was seen that the girls’ knowledge centered epistemological views were more developed regarding the “justification of knowledge”, “theory ladennes” and “creativity” factors. Finally, it was also determined that learning centered epistemological views were more developed in all grade levels and 2nd graders’ views were determined to be meaningfully differentiated from 3rd and 5th graders for the factor of “there is a single truth”. For the knowledge centered epistemological views, there was a significant difference between 1st and 4th and 5th graders in favor of 4th and 5th grades. Moreover, it was also seen that 4th and 5th graders’ knowledge centered epistemological views are more developed for the factor of “theory ladennes”. Some suggestions were offered according to the results obtained.

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Abstract

In this study, the epistemological views of 147 prospective physics teachers’, who are attending a faculty of education in Aegean Region, was tried to figure out. At the end of the research, it was seen that although there is no relationship between the learning centered epistemological views and academic grades, there is a meaningful but low relationship between the “justification of knowledge” factor of knowledge centered epistemological views and academic grades. On the other hand, while the learning centered epistemological views were not differentiated with gender, it was seen that the girls’ knowledge centered epistemological views were more developed regarding the “justification of knowledge”, “theory ladennes” and “creativity” factors. Finally, it was also determined that learning centered epistemological views were more developed in all grade levels and 2nd graders’ views were determined to be meaningfully differentiated from 3rd and 5th graders for the factor of “there is a single truth”. For the knowledge centered epistemological views, there was a significant difference between 1st and 4th and 5th graders in favor of 4th and 5th grades. Moreover, it was also seen that 4th and 5th graders’ knowledge centered epistemological views are more developed for the factor of “theory ladennes”. Some suggestions were offered according to the results obtained.

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