ERIC Number: EJ1077249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Can Experiences of Authentic Scientific Inquiry Result in Transformational Learning?
Walker, Tracy; Molnar, Tim
Journal of Transformative Education, v11 n4 p229-245 Oct 2013
This work examines the experience of secondary school students involved in authentic science inquiry (ASI) at the Canadian Light Source. We suggest this experience is a transformational learning experience for participants. Using evidence from surveys and interviews from a total of 119 high school students, 23 teachers, and 18 scientists participating in the Students on the Beamline project during 2007-2010, we employ a transformational learning theory framework (Cranton, 2002; Mezirow, 1997a, b; Imel, 1998) in an interpretive approach to determine the extent this experience is transformative. Discussions of ASI and transformational learning are provided. Our investigation suggests that transformational learning can occur through such learning activity highlighted, for example, by changes in student perceptions of scientists, perceptions of themselves as capable of sophisticated science investigation, and considerations of science as a future life endeavour.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Research, Surveys, Interviews, Transformative Learning, High School Students, Scientists, Inquiry, Student Attitudes, Self Concept, Science Careers, Light, Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Grounded Theory
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Canada