Improvement of Pre-Service Science Teachers' Awareness on the Effectiveness of Laboratory Method in Science Education: A Qualitative Study 1

Canay Pekbay, Fitnat Kaptan
2014 International Refereed Journal Karaelmas Journal of Educational Sciences Journal Homepage   unpublished
The purpose of the study was to improve pre-service science teachers' awareness on the effectiveness of laboratory method in science education. A study was designed as a case study of qualitative research methods. The study group was made up of 28 pre-service science teachers attending at Bulent Ecevit University academic year of 2012-2013. Semi-structured interviews and activities forms were prepared for data collection. To improve pre-service science teachers' awareness about the laboratory
more » ... thod, activities were applied to pre-service science teachers. In the process, semi-structured interviews were conducted with the six pre-service science teachers. All qualitative data were evaluated using content analysis. The research results demonstrated that pre-service science teachers' awareness about laboratory method in science education were improved. At the same time the end of study, pre-service science teachers' competencies related to types of experiments were also improved. According to the results obtained, various suggestions thought to be useful in pre-service teacher education were put forward.