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Journal of the Korean Chemical Society (JKCS)

ISSN 1017-2548(Print)
ISSN 2234-8530(Online)
Volume 56, Number 5
JKCSEZ 56(5)
October 20, 2012 

Research on Pre-Service Science Teachers’ Understanding of and Problem-Solving Ability with Regard to Chemistry Concepts

예비 과학 교사의 화학 개념에 대한 이해도와 문제 해결 능력 조사
Won Ho Choi*, Hyeo Seon Yoon

최원호*, 윤혜선
Pre-service science teacher, Misconception, Problem solving
We investigated pre-service science teachers’ understanding of and problem-solving ability with regard to chemistry concepts in the high school curriculum. For this purpose, we used related certain items and analyzed the results. We found that in the case of all items, some pre-service science teachers, who do not have clear concepts, selected incorrect answers. The in-depth interviews we conducted with the participants revealed some of the causes for the results obtained. First, although pre-service science teachers have better concepts as compared to high school students, they have the same misconceptions as students with regard to some concepts. Second, although they are familiar with the general definitions or meanings of scientific concepts, they do not understand the specific content that is emphasized in the curriculum. Moreover, they tend to solve problems by the information visually conceived. Third, although they know the necessity of general concepts related to problem solving, they sometimes fail to apply inquiry skills and tend to suggest concepts from the higher education curriculum that are not helpful for solving problems.
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