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The experiences and personal religious beliefs of Egyptian science teachers as a framework for understanding the shaping and reshaping of their beliefs and practices about Science-Technology-Society (STS)

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Mansour, Nasser

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Abstract This research investigates the role of experience in relation to teachers' beliefs and practices. The study adopted a social-cultural constructivist perspective using an interpretive approach. The research was guided by teachers' interpretations of their experiences related to teaching science through Science-Technology-Society (STS) issues. These interpretations are re-interpreted to find meaningful conceptual categories (grounded in the data) from which to build a model to understand the influence of experiences within socio-Islamic culture on teachers' beliefs and practices. Data was collected from ten teachers using interviews and observations. The findings of this study suggest that it was mainly teachers' personal religious beliefs and experiences that shaped their beliefs and practices. The research also led to a model, constructed on the basis of the data analysis, which suggests an explanation of how teachers' personal religious beliefs and experiences influence their beliefs and practices.
Free Keywords in-service; qualitative research; science education; teacher beliefs; teacher actions; teachers' personal religious beliefs; teachers' beliefs and practice; Science, Technology, and Society STS)
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 1605-1634
Journal International Journal of Science Education, 30 (2008) 12
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)