Learning Electricity through STS-Learning Environment

By Sari Havu-Nuutinen and Tuula Keinonen.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Learning environment is a significant factor in terms of achievng meaningful science learning. It is a place in which pupils construct their meaningful knowledge and understanding and in which they seek to make sense of their experiences. Through learning the pupils should deal with everyday contexts in an effective and confident manner. According to many studies this does not always occur. Based on the requirements of Finnish national core curriculum the STS (science , technology and society) teaching approach is seen effective and meaningful in this paper. In STS instruction, science content is connected and integrated into the pupils’ everyday world, and in a manner that mirrors their natural efforts at making sense of it all. In this paper we describe the learning project in which from 11 to 12 (the fifth graders) year old pupils studied electricity from different viewpoint. The project was carried out in one primary school in eastern part of Finland and it consists of seven learning sessions. The learning project strengthened the pupils’ understanding of electricity scientifically, but also societal and environmental phenomena were learned. The pupils’ motivation in the learning project was relevantly high.

Keywords: Science Education, STS-Learning, Electricity, Primary Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp.177-188. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.339MB).

Dr. Sari Havu-Nuutinen

Senior Research Assistant, Department of Applied Education, University of Joensuu, JOENSUU, Finland, Finland

Primary school teacher, Ph.D. in 2000. Currently position at university of Joensuu as a teacher educator and researcher. The research interest focus on the young children’s learning and conceptual change process especially in science education. Some studies concern the quality of preschool education in Finland and Pedagogical well-being.

Prof. Tuula Keinonen

Senior Assistant, Department of Applied Education, University of Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland, Finland

PhD in Physics 1984, Senior Assistant 1990-1998, Department of Physics, University of Joensuu; PhD in Education 2005, Senior Assistant 1998-2008, Department of Applied Education, University of Joensuu, Professor 2008- Research activities: Optics in Physics, Science Education in Education.


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