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THE SCIENCE FAIR AS SUPPORT FOR THE INITIAL TRAINING OF SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY TEACHERS

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Author(s): Dornfeld, Carolina Buso | Maltoni, Kátia Luciene

Journal: Revista Eletrônica de Educação
ISSN 1982-7199

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 42;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: initial teacher training | Science Fair | teaching practice

ABSTRACT
The aim of this study was to analyze the importance of preparation and participation in Science Fairs for the initial training of science and biology teachers of an undergraduate degree course in Biological Sciences (UNESP, Ilha Solteira - SP). After each Science Fair (between the years of 2006 and 2010) a moment of reflection and evaluation was held among the participating students and the teacher-adviser, and the data collection was accomplished through a questionnaire containing four open questions. The analysis of responses was performed using qualitative textual analysis with clusters into categories. Ninety-seven students from the forth and fifth years of the mentioned course took part in it. Taking the students responses into account, it was possible to infer the importance of preparation and participation in events such as Science Fairs in initial teacher training, making them more qualified for the different activities and different interlocutors who will be part of their future careers.
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