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How does a grade 8 science teacher learn to teach quantum mechanics?: an exploratory case study

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dc.contributor.author Sen, Goksenin
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-04T20:45:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-04T20:45:12Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-10-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/8641
dc.description.abstract In 2016 the Ministry of Education in British Columbia (BC), Canada introduced the topics of quantum mechanics (QM) into the Grade 8 science curriculum. Science teachers with or without QM background are expected to learn and teach QM. Stemming from a constructivist theoretical framework, this in-depth exploratory case study explores the processes of learning and teaching the topics of QM by asking: “How does a Grade 8 science teacher learn to teach QM?” The purpose was to understand the teacher’s QM learning process, the development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in QM and teacher’s views of the nature of science (NOS). The data was collected through multiple sources and analyzed by using thematic analysis. The themes were identified under five main categories: 1) the development of PCK in QM is complex, 2) the student-centered approach mandated in the redesigned curriculum may be limiting, 3) the nature of learning QM is not different than learning other subjects, 4) middle school science education is inconsistent with the current level of scientific knowledge, and 5) the development of informed views of NOS requires an accumulation and synthesis of prior knowledge in history and philosophy of science (HPS). The study proposes two previously unexplored integral aspects of PCK framework, since: the ‘allotted time’ in learning and teaching a subject and ‘pre-PCK’ change the nature of PCK development. The term pre-PCK was coined referring to the specific content oriented and student-centered activities that take place before the class with the goal of establishing an effective basis for the PCK development. The insights emerging from the study would be of interest to other Grade 8 science teachers in BC, pre-service teacher program coordinators at the universities, and the Ministry of Education in BC to provide institutional support. This study would also contribute to closing the knowledge and communication gaps between the fields of science, science education practice and science education research. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject quantum mechanics en_US
dc.subject physics en_US
dc.subject science education en_US
dc.subject pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) en_US
dc.subject pre-PCK en_US
dc.subject nature of science (NOS) en_US
dc.subject history and philosophy of science (HPS) en_US
dc.subject constructivism en_US
dc.subject exploratory case study en_US
dc.subject BC’s redesigned curriculum en_US
dc.subject Grade 8 science curriculum en_US
dc.title How does a grade 8 science teacher learn to teach quantum mechanics?: an exploratory case study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Sanford, Kathy
dc.contributor.supervisor Milford, Todd
dc.degree.department Department of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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