VIEWS OF PRE-SERVICE SCIENCE TEACHERS ABOUT NUCLEAR ENERGY


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Erciyes University, Eğitim Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2013

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Hüseyin Ateş

Supervisor: Murat Saraçoğlu

Abstract:

The purpose of this study is to determine the views of pre-service science teachers who are juniors about nuclear energy. The reason why juniors were chosen is that nuclear energy is instructed in the lesson of ‘Special Topics in Chemistry’ and ‘Environmental Science’.

 

In this research, as research model, mixed method which has both quantitative and qualitative research methods was applied. In order to collect quantitative datas questionnaire was used. and to support and explain quantitative datas interview technique was used.

 

There were different participants in the pilot and main study. The pilot application of research was conducted with 208 pre-service science teachers who study in Ahi Evran University. To analyze pilot application, SPSS 20 was used. To test reliability of research, it was investigated value of the cronbach alpha which was found as ,84. The main application of research was applied with 214 (155 Girls, 59 Boys) pre-service science teachers who study in Ahi Evran University and Erciyes University. Considering the findings of the quantitative data analysis, Six preservice science teachers who had highest score in the questionnnaire and  four pre-service science teachers who had lowest score were conducted semi-structured interviews

In this research before interviews, implementation of the plan and the interview questions were prepared by the researcher and then semi-structured interviews were performed with the participants face-to-face. Thus qualitative data was collected in this way.

 

In the result of research, it is understood that mainly pre-service teachers support nuclear power plant. However, they are in hesitation in terms of impact on the environment and affected by natural disasters.

 

When it is analyzed in terms of the variables these results revealed about nuclear energy.

·         Boys are more positive than girls.

·         When the age increases, negative view increases.

·         Pre-service teachers who study in Erciyes University are more positive than pre-service teachers who study Ahi Evran University.

·         Pre-service teachers who live in village are the most negative. In the contrary, Pre-service teachers who live in small town are the most positive.

·         Pre-service teachers who think as knowledgeable their selves are more positive than Pre-service teachers who do not think as knowledgeable themselves.

·         The most positive region is Black Sea and respectively these regions follows Black Sea are Mediterranean Sea region, Southeast, Eastern Anatolia, Aegean, Marmara and Central Anatolia.