Learning about Respiration and Risks of Smoking Tobacco with the use of ICT in Greek Primary School

By Konstantina Chatzimihou and Christina Solomonidou.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The paper describes the design, implementation
and evaluation results of an innovative teaching and
learning procedure with ICT use in Greek primary education.
The subject refers to respiration and the risks of
systematic smoking of tobacco affecting humans’ health. In
order to organize this innovative teaching, modern views
about teaching and learning with ICT use were taken into
consideration. The aim was to create a constructivist and
collaborative learning environment that would motivate and
involve students in collaboratively working on the computer
with appropriate educational software and websites.
Suitable print learning material was developed for the
students to help them explore the digital resources and
discuss and negotiate meaning within their groups and the
whole class. Before and after teaching, the students
answered a written questionnaire, which comprised closed
and open-ended questions and drawing tasks. The evaluation
results showed that the use of ICT within this learning
environment has substantially improved learning with
understanding about respiration and the risks of tobacco
systematic smoking. An important outcome was that the
majority of students could relate this study with their
daily life experiences, situations and problems. This fact
seemed to help them reflect on healthy life habits, and
also to positively affect their parents’ attitudes about
tobacco smoking.

Keywords: Respiration, Health, Tobacco Smoking, ICT Educational Use, Social Constructivism, Primary Education Students

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.351-366. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.119MB).

Konstantina Chatzimihou

Post-Graduate Student, Educator, Pedagogical Department of Primary Education, University of Thessaly, Volos, Thessaly, Greece

Konstantina Chatzimihou is a teacher of primary education, and a post-graduate student at the University of Thessaly.

Prof. Christina Solomonidou

Professor, Pedagogical Department of Primary Education, University of Thessaly, Volos, Thessaly, Greece

Christina Solomonidou is a Professor at the Pedagogical Department of Primary Education of the University of Thessaly. She graduated of the Physics department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). She made post-graduate studies in Science and Technology Education at the University of Paris 7 (Paris, France), where she got a MEd and a PhD diploma. She has collaborated with other researchers within several research programs aiming at the development of quality educational software, learning science and technology, and the implementation and use of ICT in teaching and learning especially in primary school. She has published four books in Educational Technology, and has an important number of publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings. Her research interests focus on students’ learning science and technology concepts, the design and evaluation of appropriate teaching sequences to remedy students’ alternative conceptions, and teaching and learning with the help of ICT.

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