Chemistry curricular knowledge of secondary school teachers
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In the course of this research, the extent of chemistry teachers' professional knowledge related to the structure, contents and application of chemistry curricula and their components was investigated. The research comprised 119 teachers from 69 secondary schools (25 grammar schools and 44 vocational secondary schools). The questions in the questionnaire referred to general curriculum knowledge, knowledge of chemistry curriculum and the views/assessments of the teachers concerning the necessary changes in the curricula currently in effect. The teachers' answers showed that the most important components of the curriculum for their work are the goals and operative tasks/outcomes. The results indicated that information in the curriculum components exits that remains unused although it is relevant for a certain level of planning. Among the teachers in the sample, higher percentages of those with an appropriate teachers' training programme applied information from the curriculum within the ...teaching process through demonstration methods and problem solving. The research that was conducted provides a basis for defining the indicators for monitoring the level of teachers' capability to apply curricular knowledge in their practice. Such indicators are important for creating teaching situations and teachers' activities within the framework of initial education and continuing professional development of teachers.
Keywords:curricular knowledge / curricular components / annual work plan / monthly work plan / lesson plan / chemistry teaching
Source:Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society, 2015, 80, 3, 435-452
- Serbian Chemical Soc, Belgrade