Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(3), pp. 386 - 391
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060304
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Pre-service Science Teachers' Images and Misconceptions of Atomic Orbital and Self-ionization Concepts


Gülseda Eyceyurt Türk 1,*, Ümmüye Nur Tüzün 2
1 Chemistry Education Department, Faculty of Education, Cumhuriyet University, Turkey
2 Science and Art Center, Education of the Gifted, Ministry of National Education, Turkey

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to uncover pre-service science teachers' images and misconceptions regarding atomic orbital and self-ionization concepts. This study involved a total of 68 pre-service science teachers working at a public university during the 2015-2016 academic year. In this qualitative study, data were collated with the use of worksheets that participating teachers completed by drawing and explain the concepts regarding atomic orbital and self-ionization concepts. Collated data were then subject to content analysis. The results of this study showed that participants' images about atomic orbital and self-ionization concepts were insufficient and that pre-service science teachers hold various misconceptions about orbital and self-ionization concepts. The reasons of the misconceptions could be backed by the pre-service science teachers' inadequacy regarding the mental construction of proper images of scientific concepts and as a recommendation of the study applications are required for improving pre-service science teachers' scientific concepts images being aware of their inadequacy.

KEYWORDS
Science Education, Images, Misconceptions, Atomic Orbital Concept, Self-ionization Concept

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Gülseda Eyceyurt Türk , Ümmüye Nur Tüzün . "Pre-service Science Teachers' Images and Misconceptions of Atomic Orbital and Self-ionization Concepts." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.3 (2018) 386 - 391. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.060304.