Expanding Student Teachers’ Implicit Theories About Explanations for the Science Classrooms

  • Valeria M. CabelloEmail author
  • Maria Antonietta Impedovo
  • Keith J. Topping
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 785)


This study explored student teachers’ implicit theories about explaining for the science classroom in three courses at diverse universities. Based on microteaching situations, the participants simulated explanations and discussed the elements they considered relevant for giving peer feedback. This led to the design of rubrics for peer assessment, which expressed their implicit theories about what a good explanation for the science classroom would look like. The three rubrics are presented and discussed in the light of the connections between teachers’ thinking and practice. Shulman’s ideas about professional teaching knowledge development, as well as negotiation of meaning, provide theoretical under-pinning for understanding and expanding student teachers’ thinking about explanations for the science classrooms.


Explanations Implicit theories Science education Peer feedback 



PEEI-2014 Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades, Universidad de Chile, CONICYT-PAI, Program for Returning Researchers from Abroad 821320002 and PIA-CONICYT Basal Funds for Centers of Excellence Project FB0003.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valeria M. Cabello
    • 1
  • Maria Antonietta Impedovo
    • 2
  • Keith J. Topping
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Estudios Pedagógicos, Centro de Investigación Avanzada en EducaciónUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Aix-Marseille Université, ADEF EA4671MarseilleFrance
  3. 3.University of DundeeDundeeScotland

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