Action Research 6
Does best practices fieldwork increase student awareness of the nature of science?
Importance of the Study
This information will be of value to me in developing future curricula and in maximizing learning, achievement, and engagement in all future science classes I teach. It will be of value to my students in helping them get the most out of my courses. It will also provide secondary science teachers with a blueprint for improving curricula involving projects, constructivist activities, labs, or inquiry that involve a field component.
Definition of Terms
-Activities presented in real world contexts that lead to real world results.
- Research proven strategies exercised in secondary education courses.
- Authentic inquiry based constructivist projects that included a piece of the assignment, activity, or experiment outside of the physical classroom or student home.
-Learning philosophy that includes students actively building meaning and understanding of reality through experiences and relations.
-Assignments, activities, or experiment write-ups that involve a component outside of the physical classroom or student home.
-Activities that involve the exploration of a single question or questions through experiments, reading, discussion, or accessing prior knowledge.
-Hands-on activities that explore a scientific concept.