The Future of Education

Edition 12

Accepted Abstracts

Effects of Problem Based Learning on Prospective Science Teachers' Problem Solving Skills

Erkan Özcan, Research Assistant, Dokuz Eylul University, Buca Faculty of Education, Science Education Department (Turkey)

Ali Günay Balım, Associate Professor, Dokuz Eylul University, Buca Faculty of Education, Science Education Department (Turkey)

Abstract

It can be said that teachers have an important role as a guide in science and technology education. When it's about training successful teachers, problem solving skill and positive thinking skill comes to foreground. Problem based learning, which is an effective approach on problem solving might have a positive effect on these skills. Within this scope this study's aim is to research effects of problem based learning on prospective teachers' problem solving skills.

 Experimental practice was made with science prospective teachers who were studying second grade in Dokuz Eylul University Buca Faculty of Education. This study is conducted with pre test post test quasi experimental research design. Courses of experiment group continued with problem based learning while courses of control group continued with general biology laboratory instruction program.

Problem Solving Skills Scale applied on prospective teachers in experiment and control groups. In addition, semi structured interviews  applied on prospective teachers in experiment group after experimental practice.

Analysis of obtained data made with SPSS program. After data analysis, it is determined that a significant difference found in problem solving skill perceptions between experiment and control group in favor of experiment group.

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