A Science Teacher Education Course in a Science Centre: A Successful Strategy to Empower Teachers to Master Museum Resources Exploration?
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AbstractThe main objective of this study was to understand the impacts of a science teacher
training course, designed and implemented in a science centre, in teachers’ exploitation
of the opportunities inherent to science centres learning contexts, through the evaluation
of its impact. Data were collected through direct observation of the tutorial sessions and
the school-visits organized and implemented by seven teachers. An online questionnaire
was administered to 38 participants in order to understand their perspectives of the
course. The data were triangulated in order to make an evaluation of the course
according to its effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and durability. Data showed that the
development of a science teacher course by a science centre, proved to help teachers to
capitalize on the opportunities these non-formal institutions offer to enrich and reinforce
science school learning. Some improvements were suggested in order to achieve a
Faria, Cláudia. A Science Teacher Education Course in a Science Centre: A Successful Strategy to Empower Teachers to Master Museum Resources Exploration?, Electronic Journal of Science Education, 16, 2, 1-13, 2012.