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ERIC Number: EJ775747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0263-5143
Hands-On versus Teacher-Centred Experiments in Soil Ecology
Randler, Christoph; Hulde, Madeleine
Research in Science & Technological Education, v25 n3 p329-338 Nov 2007
This study focused on differences between teacher-centred and learner-centred experiments in soil ecology. After a pilot study, we selected three experiments simple enough to be carried out by pupils even with little experience in self-determined learning and hands-on practice. The sample comprised 123 fifth and sixth graders from a middle school (four classes). We found a significant influence of treatment on achievement and pupils enrolled in a learner-centred environment scored higher. Girls scored higher than boys in both treatments. We found no differences in well-being, boredom or difficulty of the tasks, but pupils of the learner-centred group expressed a higher interest. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A