Beyond the dichotomy of teacher- versus student-focused education: A survey study on physics teachers' beliefs about the goals and pedagogy of physics education

Nelleke Belo, N. Belo, J.H. van Driel, Klaas van Veen, Nico Verloop

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    Abstract

    This study explored the content and structure of physics teachers' beliefs on teaching and learning in general in relation to their domain-specific beliefs. A questionnaire was administered to secondary school teachers in physics (N = 126) in the Netherlands. The results showed that beliefs about the general and domain-specific goals of physics education formed an interrelated belief system consisting of content-oriented and student-oriented beliefs. Moreover, teachers agreed with the importance of both teacher-regulated and student-regulated learning. Therefore, research on teachers' beliefs should go beyond the often used dichotomy between ‘teacher-focused’ versus ‘student-focused’ education by focusing on the rationale behind ‘appropriate’ teaching behavior.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)89-101
    JournalTeaching and teacher education
    Volume39
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • IR-89532
    • METIS-302761

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