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Choice and control in a museal environment: a study with science teachers

By Charles Tiago dos Santos Soares and Ana Maria Marques da Silva

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This study aims to understand teachers’ strategies of planning students’ visits to science museums and how they intend to relate this visit to formal science teaching. The study was conducted with 21 teachers of Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, randomly identified among visitors to a science museum, who were accompanying their students. Interviews and written records of teachers about teachers strategies were analyzed using the textual discursive analysis revealed five levels of control (or choice) adopted by teachers for planning and tracking of students' visits to the museum. The results showed that most teachers surveyed use control elements, requesting notes for reports to be retrieved in school. The evaluation mechanisms planned by teachers after the visit showed an intention for preserving and contextualization of the museum experience in other contexts, like in school

Topics: science museum, science teachers, school visits, personal context, Education (General), L7-991, Education, L, DOAJ:Education, DOAJ:Social Sciences, Science (General), Q1-390, Science, Q, DOAJ:Science (General), DOAJ:Science General
Publisher: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Year: 2013
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:0d4164daa38e42879f5745e103c12484
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