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Development of observation skills in science education for enhanced understanding
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Mathematics Teaching.
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
2018 (English)In: Electronic Proceedings of the ESERA 2017 Conference: Research, Practice and Collaboration in Science Education / [ed] Odilla Finlayson, Eilish McLoughlin, Sibel Erduran & Peter Childs, Dublin, Ireland: Dublin City University , 2018, p. 2086-2094Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Observation is a skill necessary for the development of knowledge in science and is used,e.g., in studies to notice patterns and connections between abiotic and biotic factors, or inlaboratory experiments where detailed observations are necessary to achieve understanding.Observation does not only include viewing details but also hearing, smelling and tasting toget all available information from the senses. How students perceive the information dependson their previous personal experiences. It is therefore essential for students to practice theability to observe and to understand the contextual importance for learning. Here we presenta study where 55 pre-service preschool teacher students attended a science course for 10weeks with a variety of exercises. Late in the course they visited a Natural History Museum, agreenhouse with plants adapted to Mediterranean climate conditions and an art museum.Evaluation of written reflections after the visits were done by using the quality marker 4R’sof Doll’s (Relations, Recursion, Richness and Rigor) for the Natural History Museum and thegreenhouse and Roland Barthes concepts studium and punctum for the art museum. Ourresults showed that the students described their experiences from the visits in a personal waywith high quality. The variation of activities was important for the students’ ability to observeand to understand how to design pedagogic activities for children in preschool.

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Dublin, Ireland: Dublin City University , 2018. p. 2086-2094
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observation, pedagogic activities in museums, pre-service preschool education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39679ISBN: 978-1-873769-84-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39679DiVA, id: diva2:1382024
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ESERA 2017 (European Science Education Research Association), Dublin, August 21-25, 2017.
Available from: 2019-12-31 Created: 2019-12-31 Last updated: 2020-01-02Bibliographically approved

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