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Effectiveness of student learning during experimental work in primary school

Ana Logar and Cirila Peklaj and Vesna Ferk Savec (2017) Effectiveness of student learning during experimental work in primary school. Acta chimica slovenica, 64 (3). pp. 661-671. ISSN 1318-0207

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    The aim of the research was to optimize the effectiveness of student learning based on experimental work in chemistry classes in Slovenian primary schools. To obtain evidence about how experimental work is implemented during regular chemistry classes, experimental work was videotaped during 19 units of chemistry lessons at 12 Slovenian primary schools from the pool of randomly selected schools. Altogether 332 eight-grade students were involved in the investigation, with an average age of 14.2 years. Students were videotaped during chemistry lessons, and their worksheets were collected afterward. The 12 chemistry teachers, who conducted lessons in these schools, were interviewed before the lessons; their teaching plans were also collected. The collected data was analyzed using qualitative methods. The results indicate that many teachers in Slovenian primary schools are not fully aware of the potential of experimental work integrated into chemistry lessons for the development of students’ experimental competence. Further research of the value of different kinds of training to support teachers for the use of experimental work in chemistry teaching is needed.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: chemistry, primary education
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    https://journals.matheo.si/index.php/ACSi/article/view/3544Alternative location
    https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/11661897Alternative location
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4894
    Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 12:29
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 12:32
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4894

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