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Developing Earth Science education research
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2014 (English)In: 31st Nordic Geological Winter Meeting. Lund, Sweden, January 8-10 2014. Scientific program: Outreach and Education: Reaching out with WOW to the many, Lund: Geologiska Föreningen , 2014, 167-167 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents an attempt to build up research within the field earth science education, presenting results from interview studies on the student’s experience of participation to Earth science (1st year earth science students), inventory on previous research, interviews of primary school pupils and a public survey of knowledge in earth science. In Sweden, there is almost no research on Earth science education, the field within science education concerning Earth Science. In both European and international perspective this is in opposite to Physics, Computer science, Chemistry and Biology. Also in an international perspective the published research on Earth science education is very low, with one exceptional exception in North America where there is a lot of research in science education of different subjects. The largest number of publications is, therefore, also published in North America. The subjects of highest interest in previous earth science education research are on questions about misconceptions, concept inventories and field related education, where virtual field studies is of special interest.

In the attempt to build up research, focus is primarily on education and teaching in university studies, but pre-university studies (primary & secondary school; upper secondary school) and the public knowledge on Earth science are also of interest. The studies focus on: experience of participation (i.e. identity); managing difficult and/or advanced questions; misconceptions; education in particular fields, especially field studies and laboratory work. Methodological the research is mainly performed through quantitative and qualitative data analysis, case study research and phenomenographic approaches.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Geologiska Föreningen , 2014. 167-167 p.
Keyword [en]
Earth Science education research, education research, experience of participation
National Category
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Research subject
Quarternary Geology; Curriculum Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-215747OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-215747DiVA: diva2:688377
31st Nordic Geological Winter Meeting. Lund, Sweden, January 8-10 2014
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