Assessing Student Teacher's Understanding of the Biology Syllabus through Concept Mapping

Ali, Maznah and Ismail, Zurida (2004) Assessing Student Teacher's Understanding of the Biology Syllabus through Concept Mapping. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the First Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, pp. 53-59. ISBN 84-9769-064-8

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A concept map is a visual illustration displaying the organization of concepts/ideas and outlining the relationship among or between those concepts. The application of concept map in the teaching and learning process varies depending on the purpose of its usage. Educators/teachers have used concept mapping to present a topic, relate a new topic to the previous topic, investigate/gather students’ prior knowledge or even evaluate students’ understanding of the lesson or topic. This paper describes the outcome of an exercise carried out with one hundred undergraduates student teachers (preservice teachers) enrolled in a Biology Teaching Methods course, a third year course in a four-year Teacher Education Programme. The students, working in groups of 3 to 4, were assigned to construct a concept map showing their understanding of a part of the form four (grade ten) biology syllabus/curriculum offered in the Malaysian Secondary School System. The concept maps were derived from materials taken from the syllabus, and consisted of scientific concepts as well as the scientific skills and values associated with the chapters and their relationships. The purpose of this assignment was to familiarize the students with the syllabus and to make them understand the scope of the syllabus itself so that these preservice teachers will know what to focus on when they actually teach in the classroom. Through this exercise, not only the students’ understanding of the syllabus was revealed but misconceptions among the students on the syllabus and the concept of scientific skills and values were also detected.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2004, Teacher Ed & Professional Development
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2012 13:07
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2014 19:04

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