Training teachers to teach sciences in elementary school: an analysis concerning the effectiveness of an innovative approach

Thaís Gimenez da Silva Augusto Ivan Amorosino do Amaral About the authors

This work is based on empirical research data and aims at analyzing the effectiveness of an innovative approach applied during the training of multipurpose teachers who teach sciences in primary schools. The researched teachers were studying Pedagogy at Unicamp due to an agreement among the university and city halls belonging to the metropolitan area of Campinas. The declared practices and ideas carried out by 13 teachers who teach sciences were researched. Previous data and information given during and at the end of the course through questionnaires, essays, observations and interviews was used. Although the majority of teachers seemed to have understood the key ideas of the course and promoted changes in their classes, it was concluded that the lack of previous knowledge, concerning specific science content, and the small number of hours available for teaching were the main factors which make it impossible for a wider apprehension of some ideas highlighted in the course to be present.

Science teaching; Teachers training; Teaching practice; Elementary school

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