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dc.contributor.advisorSimpson, Mary
dc.contributor.advisorSexton, Steven
dc.contributor.authorRosin, Victoria Kay
dc.date.available2014-02-09T20:42:45Z
dc.date.copyright2014
dc.identifier.citationRosin, V. K. (2014). Teaching Teachers: The Influences on the Primary Science Pedagogy of First Year Pre-Service Teachers at Two New Zealand Universities (Thesis, Doctor of Education). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4585en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/4585
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated the influences of teacher educators and university coursework on the primary science pedagogy of first year pre-service teachers at two New Zealand universities. The mixed methods study employed a constructivist and an interprevist lens and evaluated data collected from the Preferred and Actual (pre/post) course Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES), syllabi analyses, and semi-structured interviews. These tools investigated if the primary science learning environments teacher educators created informed the pedagogical approaches of pre-service teachers and worked towards the effective pedagogy practices stated in The New Zealand Curriculum. Descriptive statistics for both universities indicated that pre-service teachers preferred to learn in a critical constructivist environment. Actual CLES results indicated where perceived constructivist principles were weak or strong in the course. Paired-samples t-tests had significant findings (p < .05) for both universities with modest to large effect sizes. Completion of analyses on gender, age, ethnicity and science qualifications indicated if these groupings had any significant differences. ANOVA results had significant differences (p < .05) between two ethnic groups and independent-samples t-tests were significant (p < .05) for age at one university. Syllabi analyses indicated a difference in the number of pedagogies used in the courses (3 versus 1). Interviews revealed the pre-service teachers’ science attitudes improved, however, science teaching time while on practicum was limited. Pre-service teachers indicated they were confident to teach science and that their teacher educators influenced their potential teaching practices. The findings supported 4 of the 7 effective pedagogy approaches listed in the curriculum. The research results indicated the complexity of the learning environment and ways to monitor it should be an important part of reviewing teacher education.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectprimary science
dc.subjectconstructivism
dc.subjectpre-service teacher education
dc.subjectCLES
dc.subjectteacher educators
dc.subjectThe New Zealand Curriculum
dc.titleTeaching Teachers: The Influences on the Primary Science Pedagogy of First Year Pre-Service Teachers at Two New Zealand Universities
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2014-02-06T00:56:34Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineEducation
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Education
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
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