ERIC Number: EJ785035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Augmenting Learning in an Out-of-School Context: The Cognitive and Affective Impact of Two Cryogenics-Based Enrichment Programmes on Upper Primary Students
Caleon, Imelda S.; Subramaniam, R.
Research in Science Education, v37 n3 p333-351 Jul 2007
Concepts learned in the classroom were reinforced and augmented by presenting them in a different context using cryogenics-based enrichment programmes (CBEPs) held in an out-of-school setting. The effectiveness of two CBEPs, which involve the use of liquid nitrogen and liquid oxygen, was explored. Using a sample of 265 upper primary students, it was found that both enrichment programmes were effective in promoting the learning of science concepts. Fair improvements, albeit only transient, in two attitude constructs, enjoyment of science and career preference, due to either CBEPs were detected. The CBEPs did not have any significant impact on the attitude construct relating to students' views on the social implications of science. The impact of CBEPs showed signs of retention, specifically in the cognitive realm, and reasonable indications of influencing subsequent learning and activities of students.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Enrichment Activities, Program Effectiveness, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods, Attitude Measures
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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