PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS’ UNDERSTANDING AND USAGE OF SCIENTIFIC AND DAILY LIFE LANGUAGE

Neslihan ÜLTAY

Abstract


The purpose of this study is to investigate how pre-service teachers understand six selected dual meaning words (freezing, combustion, bond, organic, salt and stable) before and after traditional chemistry instruction. A qualitative study approach was used to answer the research questions. The study was carried out in a university on the north coast of Black Sea Region in Turkey. Participants were 29 freshmen pre-service teachers between 18-21 ages. As data collection tool, a questionnaire consisting 42 questions for 6 dual meaning words was prepared and administered as pre- and posttests. In data analysis, after reduction, similar answers were classified and code lists were created. Then, themes were formed according to the codes. After data analysis, it was found that pre-service teachers mostly constructed the meanings of dual meaning words in their daily lives. After learning the scientific meanings of the words, they continued to use both scientific and daily life meanings together. This may be associated with their inability to contextualize and a lack of conceptual understanding, or some combination of two.

Key words: scientific language, daily life language, learning chemistry, dual meaning words, chemistry education research


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