Postprint of: Hudson, PB 2006, 'Analyzing differences between second and third-year cohorts in the same science education course', International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 65-74.
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Why do science education programs target particular preservice teacher year levels? Using a 35-item survey, responses from 127 second-year preservice teachers were compared with 164 third-year preservice teachers from the same university within the same year entering the same science education course. The survey, which was linked to the course outcomes and multiple indicators, measured the preservice teachers’ perceptions of their prior knowledge before involvement in a primary science education course. Examining the differences between the two cohorts (i.e., n=127 and n=164), results indicated statistically significant t-test scores for each of the four constructs (i.e., Theory [t=6.07], Children’s Development [t=7.85], Planning [t=10.31], Implementation [t=11.10]; p