Pre-Service Teachers' Experiences in Science Teaching
Input to Curriculum Enhancement
This qualitative research study was conducted to determine the pre-service teachers’ experiences in science teaching as bases for curriculum enhancement. The participants of this study were the 8 pre-service science teachers of Capiz State University-Roxas City Campus as well as Capiz State University-Pontevedra Campus during their pre-service teaching journey in S.Y. 2018-2019. The sample was determined purposively based on criteria set by the researchers. The study found out that the pre-service science teachers experienced troubles with regards to the complexity of science topics, have difficulties in preparing a lesson plan, and have misconceptions in employing teaching strategies and facilitating classroom activities. Moreover, they are challenged with the advent of the spiral curriculum. It was evident that the informants’ beliefs and attitudes in teaching science were observable in all folks of science teaching especially when it comes to their precept in teaching the subject. It showed that the informants’ suggestions regarding the ways in order to mold a competent science teacher which is centered on in-depth preparation and training of teacher education students specializing in science should be considered in curriculum enhancement. The suggestions gathered during the focus group discussion with the course facilitators teaching science disciplines as discussants were considered in developing an output which is a course syllabus in the new subject in college curriculum which is the “Teaching of Science”. This developed syllabus will serve as a road map in molding a future competent science teacher in the academy.
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