Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1822/37116

TitleScience fairs as learning tools
Author(s)Esteves, Zita
Costa, Manuel F. M.
Vazquez-Dorrio, J. Benito
KeywordsScience Fair
Hands-on
Basic schools
Physics
Chemistry
Issue date2010
PublisherHands-on Science Network (HSCI)
Abstract(s)Science fairs are activities well known, in different countries, for their pedagogical relevance. For that reason a 4 years study was developed to evaluate the advantages of this informal teaching method in the context of a basic school in the northwestern Portuguese seaside town of Viana do Castelo. The study included the analysis of the evolution of students that have participated in previous fairs, and also students participating in the present science fair. The motivation of the students was monitored and also the knowledge and skills’ gains achieved. This way, the relevance of this teaching modality is once more demonstrated, not only in what concern the short term, right after student participation, but also the students future attitude towards the school and their motivation to the study of science, as well as in long term knowledge and skills acquisition.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/37116
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
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