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Use of concept maps to improve Saudi pre-service teachers' knowledge and perception of teaching social studies

Curtin University of Technology, Science and Mathematics Education Centre
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  • Concept Mapping
  • Teaching And Learning Tool
  • Saudi Pre-Service Teachers
  • Social Studies Teaching Methods
  • Idea Generation
  • Knowledge Construction
  • Learning Strategies
  • Teacher Education Programs


An action research methodology was adopted for the study, with constructivism and concept mapping providing the theoretical framework. The sample consisted of 30 Pre-Service teachers emolled in a Social Studies Teaching Methods course during semester 2,2007. Multiple methods of data collection and analysis were incorporated into this study. These methods included individual and group concept maps, a modified Arabic version of the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES), a modified Arabic version of the Test of Social Studies-Related Attitudes (TOSSRA), a modified Arabic version of the Social Studies Teacher Efficacy Belief Instrument (SSTEBI-B), three detailed case studies obtained using semi-structured interviews and journals, class reflection, and researcher self-reflection. All three instruments were modified, translated, validated and then used to measure Pre-Service teachers' perceptions before and after using concept maps within the Social Studies Teaching Methods course.

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