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Effectiveness of Student Learning during Experimental Work in Primary School

Ana Logar, Cirila Peklaj, Vesna Ferk Savec

Abstract


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.


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chemistry education; experimental work; model for experimental work

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17344/acsi.2017.3544

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