Preservice and Inservice Science Teachers' Perceptions about Outdoor Education

Sandıkçıoğlu, Soykan
The purpose of this study was to investigate the perception and experiences of preservice and inservice science teachers about outdoor education (OE) in terms barriers, motivations, opinion, and educational opportunities. Survey and correlational research designs were used. A total of 95 inservice science teachers and 181 preservice science teachers participated in the study. The data were collected by using the ''Outdoor Education Perception Survey", which was developed by the researcher. Data were analyzed by using quantitative and qualitative analysis methods. The survey included closed-ended and open-ended questions. The responses for open-ended questions were analyzed qualitatively first then the data were transformed into quantitative data. For data analysis, descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (t-test and multiple regression analysis, two-way ANOVA) were used. Descriptive statistic showed different tendencies of preservice and inservice science teachers' preferences, barriers, and motivations about OE. Inferential analysis showed that there were statistically significant differences between the nature relatedness scores (NR-Score) of inservice and preservice science teachers. Moreover, there was no significant difference in participants' nature relatedness scores in terms of outdoor setting type preferences and human influence attribute. Multiple regression analyses revealed that perceived difficulty in using natural settings and intention to use maintained outdoor settings predicted the intention to use natural settings with their students for both inservice and preservice science teachers.
Citation Formats
S. Sandıkçıoğlu, “Preservice and Inservice Science Teachers’ Perceptions about Outdoor Education,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2023.