Trainee Teacher's Interest In Their Subject Misconceptions

Johan, rasyidi and Bull, susan and Hamid, jamilah (2008) Trainee Teacher's Interest In Their Subject Misconceptions. In: 3rd International Conference Upsi-upi, 24-25 Nov 2008, Perak,malaysia.

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Students’ understanding in certain subjects can often be flawed. Learners may bring to the classroom a variety of misconceptions. These can be quite persistent and may seriously hinder further learning. We present an experimental study to investigate the extent of Malaysian trainee teachers’ subject misconceptions (in C Programming), and trainees' interest in understanding their misconceptions. Such recognition of misconceptions is important in order to avoid teachers later unknowingly passing their own problems on to their students. Fifteen trainees took part in two sessions, each lasting approximately one hour. They used a computer-based environment that modelled their knowledge according to their responses to multiple-choice questions. Trainees could view representations of their level of understanding of the various topics in C programming, based on this inferred model of their knowledge; and they could access text descriptions and animations of any specific misconceptions they held, which had been identified through the questioning process. The interaction logs showed that all trainees held at least one misconception, with five trainees having two, and eight having three misconceptions. All fifteen viewed the representations of their knowledge level to gauge their progress, but only nine of the fifteen chose to access the information about their misconceptions. Given the prevalence of misconceptions and the possibility that teachers may pass their misconceptions on to their students, it is important to find a way to support trainees in recognising and overcoming such difficulties. We suggest integrating information about a user's specific misconceptions into a computer-based learning interaction, together with support for the user to understand the importance of recognising their misconceptions and guidance on how to use this information. This should help to raise trainee teachers' awareness of their problems as a first step to overcoming their difficulties. Therefore both trainee teachers and their future students may benefit.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Higher Education > Teacher education
Divisions: Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2013 02:57
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