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Research in Science Education

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 290–299 | Cite as

Primary science and technology: How confident are teachers?

  • Keith Skamp
Article

Abstract

Science and Technology is a new Key Learning Area in NSW Primary Schools. Survey results are used to compare preservice teachers (on entry and in the third year of their degree) with practising teachers, on their confidence in their knowledge about the topics in the syllabus, as well as their confidence to teach these topics. Reasons for stated confidence (or lack of it) are reported together with preservice and practising teachers' views about what needs to be done to improve their confidence. Preservice and practising teachers' opinions of the major sources of their knowledge about the topics in the new syllabus are contrasted. Results are discussed in the light of severalDiscipline Review recommendations.

Keywords

Primary School Preservice Teacher Survey Result Primary Science Learn Area 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Australasian Science Research Association 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith Skamp
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Work and TrainingUniversity of New EnglandLismore

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