Primary teachers' confidence in teaching science and technology

Man Tak CHAN, Ping Wai KWOK

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Abstract

General Studies (GS), implemented in Hong Kong primary schools in 1994, integrates the three subjects of Science, Health Education and Social Studies. This paper reports the result of the quantitative part of a research project on primary teachers’ self-perceived confidence in teaching different primary subjects and in teaching the area of ‘science and technology’ of the GS curriculum. 180 survey forms have been sent to 30 primary schools with 159 forms returned. The survey finds that teachers’ self-perceived confidence in teaching GS is the lowest among the three core primary subject, Mathematics, Chinese Language and GS. Within the GS curriculum, teachers generally feel less confident in managing the topics of astronomy and physical science. Copyright © 2000 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Conference on Teacher Education 1999: Teaching effectiveness and teacher development in the new century
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherHong Kong Institute of Education
Pages1-6
ISBN (Print)9629490382
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Citation

Chan, M. T., & Kwok, P. W. (2000). Primary teachers' confidence in teaching science and technology. In Proceedings of International Conference on Teacher Education 1999: Teaching effectiveness and teacher development in the new century [CD-ROM] (pp. 1-6). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Education.

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