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The Effects of Different Activities on Reasoning Skills of Prospective Teachers

Author(s): Zeki APAYDIN | Erol TAŞ

Journal: Journal of Turkish Science Education
ISSN 1304-6020

Volume: 7;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 172;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Prospective Teachers | Reasoning Skills | Science Education

The present research aims at revealing first the effects of distinct mind-on activities on reasoning abilities and thought; and whether these reasoning skills vary depending on participants’ majors. In this study three different activities have been adapted from Lawson (2005) and conducted. The total number of participants is 410 who major in primary education in one of the Black Sea Universities. Data shows that different minds-on activities have considerable effect on participants’ reasoning skills and thought. Cochran Q analysis also shows that there is a significant difference regarding reasoning abilities and thought between who majors in different programs (.05 and .001). Social studies prospective teachers have the lowest scores according to McNemar analysis. It might be said that open-ended activity is one of the most useful tool to teach science.

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