Hands-on science experience for preservice teachers:
A collaborative project with classroom teachers

Year: 1993

Author: Ferry, Brian

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This study examined an instructional process that aimed to improve the selfconfidence of preservice teachers in hands-on instruction, and to motivate them to learn some relevant science discipline knowledge. It was hypothesised that the processes involved in the development of a hands-on teaching kit used as teaching resource with a class would support these aims. Data was gathered through questionnaires and interviews. Findings showed that there had been improvements in the self- confidence of preservice teachers in handson instruction, and the process had stimulated some to learn relevant science discipline knowledge. There were also several unanticipated outcomes associated with the professional development of teachers and these were of benefit to participating schools.