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Initiatives in Chemistry Teacher Training in Italy: Significant Testimonials

Maria Maddalena Carnasciali, Laura Ricco

Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry – University of Genoa (Italy)

marilena@chimica.unige.it

Abstract

The paper, after describing the national scenario about training of science/chemistry teachers in Italy, presents activities and successful results of two important projects that offer in-service training to teachers: they both are coordinated by the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of Genoa. Finally, in order to produce a more complete analysis of the chemistry teacher training, “senior” and “junior” teachers were interviewed: a summary of their considerations and of their needs is reported.

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Date: 2014.03.29

Posted by Mariusz Jarocki (Poland)

Message: The document presents activities and successful results of two important projects in the context of training of science/chemistry teachers in Italy, some interviews with the training teachers, focusing especially on their needs. The first section describes in details science education in Italy to make a background for further considerations. Next, the authors present two projects: Scientific Degrees Plan and, of course, Chemistry Is All Around Network. Both of them are found as very successful, especially in increasing students' motivation. The third section, including teachers' opinions, seems to be the most interesting. The interviewed teachers are divided into two groups, depending on their education level and experience. Junior teachers think that a deep knowledge of chemistry is necessary but not sufficient to be a good teacher, but the evaluation was globally positive in the category. Senior teachers are more critical and they point more problems than juniors but they also thank the contribution that projects gave to their skills. As conclusions the authors note that Italy provides a insufficient training to its science teachers, both with regard to initial training, that with regard to in-service training. In the light of this situation, the system of teacher education is evolving, but with great difficulty. The paper is strongly connected to the situation in Italy, but readers can, with a little research, extend the findings to other countries specifics, so I estimate the paper as very valuable.

National Reports on successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry The national reports on chemistry successful experiences to promote lifelong learning for chemistry are now available on the related section of the project portal. The reports presents examples of successful experiences in the partner countries and the results of testing of ICT resources with science teachers.

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