Research Article
Defining the Relationship between the Perceptions and the Misconceptions about Photosynthesis Topic of the Preservice Science Teachers

Mustafa Urey

APA 6th edition
Urey, M. (2018). Defining the Relationship between the Perceptions and the Misconceptions about Photosynthesis Topic of the Preservice Science Teachers. European Journal of Educational Research, 7(4), 813-826. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.7.4.813

Urey M. 2018 'Defining the Relationship between the Perceptions and the Misconceptions about Photosynthesis Topic of the Preservice Science Teachers', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 813-826. Available from:

Chicago 16th edition
Urey, Mustafa . "Defining the Relationship between the Perceptions and the Misconceptions about Photosynthesis Topic of the Preservice Science Teachers". (2018)European Journal of Educational Research 7, no. 4(2018): 813-826. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.7.4.813


The aim of the research is to determine the perceptions of the preservice science teachers about the photosynthesis and to reveal the relation between these perceptions and the misconceptions of the existing concepts. In the research, field scanning method was used as a descriptive research method. The sample of the research is composed of 355 preservice science teachers trained in different universities. For the selection of the sample, purposeful sample selection was used and attention was paid to the fact that the preservice science teachers had taken the General Biology-I and General Biology-II courses at the undergraduate level in the determination of the class level to be included in the study. The "Photosynthesis Concept Achievement Test" (PCAT) developed by the researcher and composed of 4 questions was used as a data collection tool. Quantitative data obtained from the study were analyzed using SPSS.20 package program while content analysis was performed in the analysis of qualitative data. As a result of the research, it was determined that the preservice science teachers' perceptions of photosynthesis were in the direction of chemical and biological approaches and that the teacher candidates preferred the chemical approach rather than the biological approach. However, preservice science teachers who prefer the chemical approach have reached the conclusion that they are in much more misconception than the biologically approaching teacher candidates.

Keywords: Perception, photosynthesis, misconception, preservice science teachers


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