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Pre-Service Chemistry Teachers' Awareness of Visually Impaired Students' Learning Situation through Scientific Inquiry about Molecular Structure of Ice in Darkroom

얼음의 분자구조에 대한 암실 속 과학탐구 활동에서 시각장애학생의 학습상황에 대한 예비 화학교사들의 인식

  • Received : 2017.05.15
  • Accepted : 2017.08.18
  • Published : 2017.10.20

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the perspective of pre-service chemistry teachers on the learning situations of visually impaired students through scientific inquiry in a darkroom and to propose a teaching and learning method for students with visual impairments. Twenty-one pre-service chemistry teachers from college of education in Gyeongbuk were encouraged to explore individually hands-on model for the molecular structure of ice freely, and had a discussion with a one of the researchers during the activity. All the conversation and discussion were audio-taped and transcribed for analysis. As a result, pre-service chemistry teachers realized that learning situation of the visually impaired students was quite different with their perception while exploring and figuring out hands-on model of the molecular structure of ice in the darkroom. They already learned and could see this model by themselves but also recognized that visually impaired students had inconvenience and difficulty in learning science concepts. Based on these reflections, some pre-service chemistry teachers suggested directions for modification to fit visually impaired students' needs more.

Keywords

Pre-service chemistry teacher;Molecular structure model;Visually impaired student;Scientific inquiry in the darkroom

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