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Outdoor Science in Teacher Education
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. (UMSER)
2015 (English)In: Contemporary approaches to activity theory: interdisciplinary perspectives on human behavior / [ed] Thomas Hansson, hershey, pa: IGI Global, 2015, 128-142 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This is an account of the development of prospective teachers’ competence to conduct outdoor science education. At the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, the students participate in outdoor education courses. They also plan, manage and evaluate outdoor lessons designed as assignments in science education, participation in school practice and summer courses. Many student teachers evaluate and analyse the pedagogical aspects of outdoor science when they carry out research projects in schools for their graduation thesis work. In order to understand the activity of science teaching and learning outdoors, a qualitative study was conducted. It was based on interviews with teacher educators and included studies of students’ examination papers. A Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) lens was applied to the study. The theoretical framework helped to identify the prospective teachers’ abilities and skills to design, implement and evaluate tasks related to the professional competence of delivering outdoor science activities.

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hershey, pa: IGI Global, 2015. 128-142 p.
Keyword [en]
competence, CHAT, learning activity, mediating artefacts, outdoor context
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100087DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6603-0.ch008ISBN: 9781466666030ISBN: 146666603XISBN: 9781466666047 (EISBN)OAI: diva2:790034
Available from: 2015-02-23 Created: 2015-02-23 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved

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