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TitleThe impact of alternative science education methodologies on the motivation and acquisition of scientific concepts
Author(s)Azevedo, Maria Manuel
Fonseca, Fernando
Andrade, Raquel P.
Palmeirim, I.
KeywordsMiddle school sciences
Laboratory science
Extra-curricular activities
Alternative science education
Research experiences
Issue dateMay-2012
PublisherInternational Research Journals
JournalEducation Research Journal
Abstract(s)Fully aware of the increasing importance of active and experimental learning, this study has been conducted in Portugal between 2007 and 2008 and was the first of this kind to ever be conducted in this country. Thirty eight students of the school E.B. 2, 3 D. Maria II (middle school) participated in the extra-curricular activity entitled “Scientists for a Day”, previous developed by the Life and Health Science Research Institute/School of Health Science (ICVS/ECS), University of Minho. This activity realized in the School E.B. 2, 3 D. Maria II and organized by teachers of the same School consisted in a set of laboratory activities subdivided into four experimental stations, namely: 1st Station – “Extracting banana DNA”; 2nd Station – “Acid/Base”, 3rd Station – “Observation of chicken embryos” and 4th Station – “Five Senses”. The general objectives of this activity were to stimulate the pleasure of knowledge, encourage critical views, heighten the interest in science, motivate students towards experimental work and demystify the idea of what a Scientist is. In an effort to validate this activity and evaluate what they have learned, the students were asked to answer a questionnaire before and immediately after this activity. In this study we observed a clear correlation between the use of active and experimental learning activities, and an increase in scientific knowledge.
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