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Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00041

Continuous enhancement of science teachers’ knowledge and skills through scientific lecturing

  • 1Agrupamento de Escolas D. Maria II, V.N. Famalicão, Portugal
  • 2Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto 4200-319, Portugal, Portugal
  • 3Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA), Department of Biology, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal, Portugal

Introduction: Due to their importance in transmitting knowledge, teachers can play a crucial role in students' scientific literacy acquisition and motivation to respond to ongoing and future economic and societal challenges. However, to conduct this task effectively, teachers need to continuously improve their knowledge, and for that a periodic update is mandatory for actualization of scientific knowledge and skills. This work is based on the outcomes of an educational study implemented with science teachers from Portuguese Basic and Secondary schools. We evaluated the effectiveness of a training activity consisting of lectures covering environmental and health sciences conducted by scientists/academic teachers.

Material and methods: The outcomes of this educational study were evaluated using a survey with several questions about environmental and health scientific topics. Responses to the survey were analyzed before and after the implementation of the scientific lectures.

Results: Our results showed that Basic and Secondary schools teachers' knowledge was greatly improved after the lectures. The teachers under training felt that these scientific lectures have positively impacted their current knowledge and awareness on several up-to-date scientific topics, as well as their teaching methods.

Learning outcomes: This study emphasizes the importance of continuing teacher education concerning knowledge and awareness about health and environmental education.

Keywords: Adult continuing education, Teacher training in sciences, Scientific lecturing, Environmental Education, Health Education

Received: 19 Dec 2017; Accepted: 06 Feb 2018.

Edited by:

Harshad Thakur, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

Reviewed by:

Margo Bergman, University of Washington Tacoma, United States
Al F. Alassaf, American Institute for Healthcare Quality, United States  

Copyright: © 2018 Azevedo and Duarte. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: PhD. Maria Manuel da S. Azevedo, Agrupamento de Escolas D. Maria II, V.N. Famalicão, Rua da Alegria, Vila Nova de Famalicão 4760-067, Portugal, V.N. Famalicão, 4764-908, Portugal, maria.manuel.azevedo2011@gmail.com