Experiential Learning - a Case on Diapers’ Polymers

By Nika Golob.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The development of science competences requires establishing a link between theory and real world experience. Experiential learning offers the possibility for developing effective science competences as well as specific chemical competences at different stages of the educational vertical. The experiential learning strategy was implemented through experimental work and the cooperative learning method. Students studied diapers’ polymers during chemistry class. The results of the case study analysis confirm better motivation for studying chemistry when material from everyday life is used as an educational prop. In order to monitor development levels of individual student competences, a set of instruments which includes monitoring dialogic teaching should be further developed.

Keywords: Chemistry Education, Development of Science Competences, Experiential Learning, Experimental Work

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp.255-266. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 804.072KB).

Dr. Nika Golob

Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Education & Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia, Slovenia

Nika Golob obtained a doctorate in Pedagogy after completing her Masters in Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University. She works with future teachers at Science course and prepares various seminars for teachers, mainly in the fields of science/chemistry education and education for sustainable development.

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