Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education

Are Pre-Service Teachers Ready to Write Stories in the Sciences?
Martha Georgiou 1 * , Katerina Ziogka 2, Lia Galani 2
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1 Department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GREECE
2 Department of Primary Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GREECE
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Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2020 - Volume 16 Issue 4, Article No: e2220
https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/8421

Published Online: 18 Sep 2020

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ABSTRACT
According to literature, science-based stories can not only trigger students’ curiosity about scientific concepts but also increase their understanding of them as well as to facilitate the retention of information in students’ memory. It is a common practice for elementary school teachers to create stories in order to teach several topics. To investigate the ability of pre-service teachers in Science story writing, we selected the topic of karst caves which it can be studied through many disciplines (i.e. Geography, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental education, Ecology) according to the Greek curriculum. Moreover, although karst caves are part of Greece’s geological history, they are neither taught nor extensively mentioned in the Greek Primary and Secondary Education curricula. In this research, we examined whether Greek pre-service primary school teachers are able to create complete science-based stories about karst caves, by following the necessary didactic transposition of scientific concepts and the key elements in structure and plot of a such a story. For this purpose, we assessed by content analysis 100 pre-service teachers’ written stories. The results revealed that most of the participants achieved to create sufficient stories in structure and plot, whereas they did not achieve to transpose the necessary scientific concepts that they had included in their writing.
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