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ERIC Number: EJ1047374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
What Happens in Classrooms after Earth Science Fieldwork? Supporting Student Learning Processes during Follow-Up Activities
Remmen, Kari Beate; Fr√łyland, Merethe
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v24 n1 p24-42 2015
Follow-up activities after fieldwork are recommended, yet little research has been conducted in this area. This study investigates six cases of follow-up work carried out by three teachers and their students in three upper secondary schools in Norway. The data comprises video observations of teachers and students, instructional artifacts, students' end products (e.g., oral presentations), and post-interviews with teachers. The data are analyzed according to: (1) recommendations for follow-up work and (2) the level of student performance (i.e., talk, actions, etc.) while undertaking the activities. The findings revealed that the teachers implemented follow-up work mostly in line with recommendations. However, the findings regarding students' learning processes revealed that low-level performance prevailed during follow-up activities. The two most promising cases are described in detail to enable a discussion of ways of improving recommendations of how student learning processes can be supported during follow-up work. Hence, we propose that students should be given learning tasks that require them to suggest a solution to a dilemma and use field data to justify their solution. The dilemma could profitably involve replication of an actual situation. In addition, follow-up work should be divided into two sub-phases: interpretation of field data and creation of an end product.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway