General science teacher education typically aims to prepare teachers for teaching of general science (also known as integrated science or science for simplicity in many countries or regions) at the secondary level. It is different from the preparation of teachers for the specialist science subjects, such as physics, chemistry, and biology, but in some instances overlaps with that for primary science (see, e.g., Abell 2000). It is mostly offered as an undergraduate Bachelor of Education degree by a normal university (or education institute/university) or jointly by the faculties of education and science in a comprehensive university to recruit secondary school leavers, and it lasts for 4–5 years. The aims, objectives, and design of such science teacher preparation programs not only depend on the views and experiences of the science educators in the teacher education institution but are also influenced by stakeholders (education bureaucracies/school systems). For example, education polic ... Copyright © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
|Title of host publication
|Encyclopedia of science education
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2015