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Abstract Title: Assessing Pre-Service Teachers' Physics Content Knowledge and Teaching Efficacy
Abstract: It is important for elementary pre-service teachers to have strong science content knowledge as this helps them to become confident and teacher with knowledge who can easily address science misconceptions in classroom. If pre-service teachers lack a firm knowledge and understanding of any science topic he or she is teaching, it may lead to development of misconceptions which is one of the major issues in elementary science teaching and learning. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate elementary pre-service teachers' science content knowledge and teaching readiness. Participants were students enrolled in science methods course for pre-service teachers. Content knowledge pre-posttests based on three science domains: Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth, Space Science along with developing lesson plan in three science domains to measure the research objectives. The results indicated that the participants increase their knowledge at the end of the semester and also their teaching efficacy was improved in the post survey. However, results also revealed that participants were more comfortable in designing life science and earth and space science domains' lessons compared to physical science.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A82

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mamta Singh
Lamar University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mamta Singh