Many science education researchers understand natural sciences as practical work and investigate how to create innovative and attractive learning environments using modern technology scientific instruments. Within this context a field activity using modern navigational technology was designed and the development of spatial skills through a) acquiring knowledge of the operational principles of the Global Positioning System receiver and b) using a GPS receiver in actual environment was investigated. The development of spatial competence in children has been of much research interest for more than 50 years and the contribution of scientific navigational instruments to the teaching and learning of science has recently been proposed and has not adequately been investigated.
This study describes the theoretical framework that proposes the use of scientific instruments in science teaching. Moreover, it presents the basic principles of designing a field activity with the use of a GPS receiver, as well as the findings that resulted from its implementation in middle school Greek students
|Keywords:||Science Teaching, Scientific Instruments, GPS, Spatial Skills, Field Activity|
PhD Student, Faculty of Primary Education, Dept. of Physical Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Professor in Physics and Epistemology of Natural Sciences, Athens Science and Education Laboratory (A.S.E.L.), Faculty of Primary Education, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
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