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ERIC Number: EJ1118432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1450-104X
The Application of School Science by Urban High School Youth through Problem-Solving in Everyday Life
Gitari, Wanja
Science Education International, v27 n3 p344-368 2016
This qualitative study investigated non-guided applications of school science by high school youth in Ontario in non-school contexts. Although science education (in Ontario and elsewhere) mostly focuses on the meaningful learning of science, learning that can lead to knowledge application, non-guided application of acquired knowledge is rarely documented. The data were obtained from demographic questions and focus group discussions, based on sociocultural theory of learning and complex cognitive processes. The findings demonstrate that youth had the sociocultural and cognitive knowhow to serve as a springboard for independent knowledge application through problem solving, and noted the youth's apparent affinity for personal relevance, absence of initiative for societal problems and collaboration, and lack of integration of indigenous knowledge.
International Council of Associations for Science Education. Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Education, Buca, Izmir 35150, Turkey. Tel: +90-532-4267927; Fax: +90-232-4204895; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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