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Integration of bioplastics content in learning process of chemistry in elementary school

Aleš Peternelj (2018) Integration of bioplastics content in learning process of chemistry in elementary school. MSc thesis.

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    In the last decade many new bioplastic materials have appeared as a response to environmental issues related to the plastics on the market, so it is important for children to know them, because they are encountering them daily. In theoretical part of a dissertation is at first being introduced a theoretical basis about polymers with the emphasis on bioplastic and active learning about natural contents. Results, which were extracted during the research are shown in empirical work of my dissertation. A research was carried out with a purpose to get data about constancy, quality of knowledge considering active teaching methods and situational interest of pupils about gaining knowledge of bioplastic in the chemistry class in ninth grade of primary school. In the research were included 197 children, who formed a new knowledges from the field of bioplastic with their own work. The control group was gaining new knowledges about bioplastic step by step using general learning strategies with the help of an non-technical article, while experimental group was gaining knowledge with their independent experimental work using given instructions. Control and experimental group were formed in the way that there were no big statistical differences on the pre-test. Pupils had solved a test and a questionary after the lessons were carried out, with which we checked their situational interest about gaining knowledge of bioplastic. Three weeks after that the children of both groups solved late test of their knowledge. Results, which were extracted during the research showed that children of experimental group don’t achieve any better results about constancy and quality of knowledge compared to control group. Also considering the gender, there were no statistical significant differences in their gained knowledge. In situational interest for gaining new knowledge about bioplastic we can claim that there were no differences between control and experimental group, because none of them showed bigger interest in gaining new knowledge about bioplastic. Even for the situational interest considering the gender we can’t claim, that boys showed bigger situational interest in gaining new knowledges about bioplastic. To sum up, we can say that there were not established big differences in relation to studied factors between discussed approaches and both of them are equally suitable in teaching about bioplastic. In further researches we could expand pattern of participants with including children from all Slovenian schools or we could adjust our research for population of students. In addition, it would be also interesting to study other possibilities for active teaching about bioplastic and get an opinion and experiences from teachers of chemistry about teaching contents connected with bioplastic.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: bioplastics, active teaching, independent experimental work, work with text by steps of the general study strategy, sustainability and quality of acquired knowledge, situational interest
    Number of Pages: 78
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    prof. dr. Vesna Ferk SavecMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11955273)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5017
    Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2018 12:55
    Last Modified: 03 Apr 2018 12:55
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5017

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