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International Education Studies, v5 n1 p50-56 Feb 2012

This study has examined the characteristics of physics teachers, their professional competences, supplies of equipments and technologies, appropriate textbooks and motivational factors in students' learning of physics from female physics teacher's points of view. The population included all female physics teachers in Isfahan city and a total of 88 teachers were selected as sample of study. The study was a descriptive survey that used researcher made questionnaire consists of 46 items. Cronbach's alpha coefficient for this scale was set to be 0.95. For data analysis, descriptive statistics, t-tests and ANOVA test were used. The results showed that in the present state, physics teachers have a low level of scientific knowledge. In terms of professional skills, their abilities were average and educational equipments and technologies were available at low level. Moreover the satisfaction of female physics teachers of books and educational texts was moderate. Meanwhile, the motivation for learning the lessons of physics was moderate. Also the results in desired state showed that all components of study could be effective in learning physics. Accordingly, it is recommended to enhance learning and teaching physics education, school should be equipped to supplies and technologies for teaching physics, including virtual laboratory.

Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Physics, Teacher Competencies, Females, Secondary School Teachers, Women Faculty, Questionnaires, Statistical Analysis, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teaching Skills, Technology Uses in Education, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Resources, Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Student Motivation, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Students

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Author: Liaghatdar, Mohammad J.; Soltani, Asghar; Shojaei, Rashin; Siadat, Ali

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2569&id=EJ1066731

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