Authentic science in the classroom—how scientific are students’ experiences?
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This study aims to understand how students experience taking part in an authentic research project that aimed to increase motivation for science and understanding of research. It also aims to evaluate how these experiences are related to the science content and scientific way of working introduced in the authentic research project. Twenty-four students from three Swedish lower-secondary schools were interviewed. These students were selected to provide variation in motivation for school science. Analysis of the interviews shows that most students enjoyed taking part in the project, and that students referred mainly to reasons connected to science education; the authentic nature of the task, the hands-on and inquiry-based approach, and the opportunity to learn science. It further shows that even though the three teachers had different approach and the students were selected to get largest possible variation in motivation for school science, there were few differences in students’ experiences.
student experiences, authentic science, student-teacher-scientist partnership, secondary school, intrinsic motivation
Research subject didactics of natural science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120040OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-120040DiVA: diva2:926626
ProjectsLärandesituationens påverkan på elevers affektiva upplevelser och lärande
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2007-3216