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ERIC Number: EJ770711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0263-5143
A Study of Students' Perceptions of the Organisation and Effectiveness of Fieldwork in Earth Sciences Education
Marques, Luis; Praia, Joao; Kempa, Richard
Research in Science & Technological Education, v21 n2 p265-278 Nov 2003
This paper reports the findings of a preliminary evaluation of an in-service training programme designed for practising geology/earth science teachers in Portuguese high schools and intended to enhance the effectiveness of fieldwork activities organised by them for their students. Among the points particularly stressed during the in-service training were that students should be adequately prepared for fieldwork through classroom-based activities prior to the fieldwork itself and that to arrive at the maximum educational benefit for the students, they should be involved in collaborative group-based investigation. The findings, derived from an enquiry among students following their exposure to fieldwork, revealed that in both these aspects teachers failed to put theory into practice, probably as the result of a lack of confidence to implement novel procedures. On the positive side, the students reported that they enjoyed the social interaction with other students that the fieldwork made possible and the opportunity to work independently of the teachers. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal