School scientific problem solving and fostering scientific thinking competencies: What do inservice chemistry teachers think?

M. Quintanilla, C. Joglar, R. Jara, J. Camacho, E. Ravanal, A. Labarrere, L. Cuellar, M. Izquierdo, J. Chamizo

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In the article the results of an investigation conducted within the framework of the project FONDECYT 1070795 are exposed. The aims of the research were to identify and characterize the representations and knowledge that teachers in service have, from an average level of education, with respect to the competences of scientific thought and problem solution, and the way in which both should be approached. With the use of an intentional sample of 133, teachers selected from a total of 117 who were incorporated to other phases of the research trough the administration of a questionnaire especially designed, was show the predominance of a very fragmented image, sometimes contradictory, about the solution of problems and about relation between competences of scientific thought; this representation incorporates aspects of great value for the formation of the competent students, and at the same time it includes other aspects that in no way favor this formation, according to the present assessments. It is remarkable that both competences for scientific thought and solution of problems are not constituted as a totality and coherent system in the thinking of the teachers who participated in the research. It should be pointed out that we found data that show an oscillating valuation of the subjective character of the problematic situations and the problem itself; these data show, as well, that teachers give a very important role to language. It is stated that teachers give an oscillating value to the fact that students must deal with theories. It should be noted too that their approaches to the algorithmic processes are very vague, and sometimes contradictory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-198
JournalEnsenanza de las Ciencias
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Science teaching
  • Scientificproblem solving
  • Thinkings skills


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