What Knowledge Do Trainee Physics Teachers Need to Learn?: Differences in the Views of Training Staff
2014 (English)In: International Science Education Conference ISEC 2014, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 25-27 November, 2014, Singapore: Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education , 2014, 62- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Although the impact of disciplinary differences on teaching and learning has been extensively discussed in the literature (e.g. Becher 1989; Becher and Trowler 2001; Lindblom-Ylännea et al. 2006; Neumann 2001; Neumann and Becher 2002), little research has explored this issue in relation to teacher training. In particular, we know of no work that examines differing views about the knowledge that trainee teachers need to learn across different settings. In this paper we analyse differences in the expressed views of staff involved in the training of prospective physics teachers in three environments: the education department, the physics department and schools. We analyse these differences in terms of two constructs: disciplinary literacy goals (Airey 2011, 2013) and disciplinary knowledge structures (Bernstein 1999).
In terms of disciplinary literacy we find a stronger emphasis on learning goals for the academy expressed by informants from the physics and education departments. This can be contrasted with the view that the needs of the workplace are paramount expressed by school practitioners.
Then, using Bernstein’s knowledge structures, we also identify clear differences in views about the nature of knowledge itself with a more hierarchical view of knowledge prevalent in the physics department and the more horizontal view of knowledge prevalent in the education department.
The study highlights the often-conflicting signals about what constitutes useful knowledge that prospective physics teachers need to negotiate during their training. We tentatively suggest that more attention should be paid to both the theory/practice divide and potential epistemological differences in the training of prospective teachers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education , 2014. 62- p.
Knowledge structures, Disciplinary literacy, Bernstein, Teacher training, Physics Education, Singulars, Regions
Pedagogy Didactics Physical Sciences
Research subject Humanities
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-44441DiVA: diva2:822096
International Science Education Conference ISEC 2014, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 25-27 November 2014