Identification of secondary science teachers' preconceptions related to avian influenza
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How secondary science teachers understand infectious disease and disease transmission has an important impact on the public. This study analyzed the conceptions of ten secondary science teacher participants in the Maps in Medicine Institute. In this paper, we discuss alternative conceptions regarding the flu held by these ten teachers collectively before and after the institute, as well as the role of the institute activities in changing these. Data sources included written assessments before and after the institute and teacher reflections on their learning and the institute activities. The paper concludes with an analysis of how this relates to socioscientific issues and professional development.
Romine, W.L., Siegel, M.A., & Roberts, T.M. (2009). Identification and analysis of secondary science teachers' preconceptions related to avian influenza. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Garden Grove, CA.